The residents of a town in Oxfordshire have arranged for a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire plane to fly past for their jubilee event.

The Launton Sports and Social and Playing Fields Association are bringing together the residents of Launton, a town in Bicester, for the first time since Covid, to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The event - supported by local businesses, sponsors and the community - aims to raise funds to develop Launton’s children’s play area.

The programme of activities stretches out over Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4, from 12 noon until 11pm at Launton Sports and Social and Playing Fields Association.

Activities planned include traditional stocks and sponge-throwing, Aunty Sally, three live bands on Saturday night and on Friday a children’s entertainer, karaoke and disco, arts and crafts making and a beer festival.

There will also be a special dog show, with more dogs than people expected to attend the event.

However, the biggest attraction is the BBMF spitfire flypast. Wendy Foster, Funding Consultant for Launton Sports and Social and Playing Fields Association, said: “I put the application in last September and we heard in March that we had been successful.

“We feel privileged to have the only air worthy spitfire from the battles to fly past three times to our special event. The flypast is scheduled for 4:10pm on Saturday.”


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

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