Spitfire flypast routes took the lone WW2 aircraft over the UK in celebration of the NHS‘ 72nd anniversary. Monday, July 5th 1948 marks the day the famed health service was first established. The 2020 anniversary holds special significance due to the severe impact of the coronavirus crisis and immense pressure put on the health service.
The RAF aircraft was restored by the family-owned Aircraft Restoration Company.
Video footage of the flyover showed the “Thank U NHS message” could be seen from the ground.
The Spitfire route saw the aircraft fly over several hospitals in Cambridgeshire and the East of England.
Included in its route was the village of Witchford where local residents sewed NHS scrubs during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Spitfire flypast routes took the lone WW2 aircraft over the UK in celebration of the NHS’ 72nd anniversary
Britons along the Spitfire’s route were able to see it from the ground as they participated in the final Clap for Carers at 5 o clock.
The last Clap for Carers saw political figures up and down the country come out of their homes in support for the NHS.
Footage emerged of Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer outside their homes clapping for the health service.
At 5 o clock, Prime Minister Boris Johnson emerged from Downing Street to show his appreciation for the NHS by clapping outside No 10.
Spitfire flypast: At 5 o clock, Prime Minister Boris Johnson emerged from Downing Street to show his appreciation for the NHS by clapping outside No 10.
Mr Johnson also released a video on his Twitter page showing his appreciation for the health service during the coronavirus crisis.
In the video, he said: “Seventy-one times before our National Health Service has marked the anniversary of its founding but never in circumstances quite like this.
“Because this year, we’ve seen not only the greatest challenge the NHS has ever faced but also an unprecedented outpouring of affection and support for that institution.
“Week after week, millions, tens of millions, have taken to their doorsteps, lined the streets, leant precariously out of rainbow-bedecked windows to clap their hands, bang their saucepans and show their appreciation for the NHS.
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Spitfire flypast: Britons along the Spitfire’s route were able to see it from the ground as they participated in the final Clap for Carers at 5 o clock.
“And that’s because those three letters don’t just stand for National Health Service, they stand for an idea. For a set of values at the heart of our national identity.
“For the belief, still held almost universally after nearly three-quarters of a century: that the health service of this country should be available to all.
“That everyone should contribute to the cost and that no one should be denied the treatment or attention they require because they can’t afford it.”