Crowds enjoying the spectacle at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Pictures: Ian Burt
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A lovingly-restored spitfire has flown over the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn to deliver a message of thanks.

The fly-past held on Friday was organised by the family-run Aircraft Restoration Company, based at  Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire.

It began flying the blue Spitfire PL983 ‘L’ around villages in the area as part of the weekly the Clap For Our Carers events during the pandemic.

Now the aircraft, emblazoned with “Thank U NHS” is taking flight across the UK to thank hospitals, communities and individuals for their work during the crisis and to lift the spirits of those still in isolation.

On Friday, it was the turn of Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in Norwich.

Crowds gathered to see the Spitfire fly over at around 3.40pm.

The aircraft company has also launched a fundraising drive for NHS Charities Together.

It will be handwriting 80,000 names on to the NHS Spitfire and, in return for a minimum £10 donation to the charity, it is asking people to nominate their COVID heroes for inclusion.

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