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Where and when to see the Spitfire plane in skies of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire to mark NHS 72nd birthday

A spitfire will be flying over Cambridgeshire on Sunday.
A spitfire will be flying over Cambridgeshire on Sunday.

A special thank you to the NHS will be flown throughout the region on Sunday (July 5) to mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS.

The family-owned Aircraft Restoration Company (ARCo), who restore and maintain vintage aircraft based at Imperial War Museum Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire, will fly a special Spitfire across Cambridgeshire and the East of England.

On the bottom of the plane's wings will be the message THANK U NHS.

A one-off Clap for Carers will be held at 5pm on Sunday to mark the founding of the NHS in 1948 and the Thankyou Together campaign.

The spitfire will fly over Addenbrooke's at 5pm and the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge at 5.02pm.

It will also fly over Witchford to thank the local community for sewing scrubs for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic (4.53pm) and Fulbourn Hospital (4.58pm).

The full ‘NHS Spitfire 5 July’ route is as follows:

  • 4.20pm - Duxford Airfield
  • 4.28pm - Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City (East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust)
  • 4.33pm - Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Luton (Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
  • 4.36pm – Lister Hospital, Stevenage (East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust)
  • 4.41pm – Bedford Hospital, Bedford (Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
  • 4.47pm – Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon (North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust)
  • 4.53pm – Witchford, village near Ely
  • 4.58pm – Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge (Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust)
  • 5.00pm – Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge (Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
  • 5.02pm – Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge (Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)
  • 5.10pm – Duxford Airfield

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