Spitfire flypast over Rushden to mark town’s Armed Forces weekend

The Spitfire flypast over Rushden is taking place on June 18
The Spitfire flypast over Rushden is taking place on June 18

All eyes will be on the skies above Rushden for a Spitfire flypast later this month.

The military aircraft will be flying over Rushden Station at 2.35pm on Saturday, June 18, as part of the Armed Forces event.

It is just one of many attractions taking place in Rushden over the weekend of June 18 and 19 in recognition of the work of the Armed Forces.

The event organised by Rushden’s Royal British Legion will also include an honour walk, parade and fun day at Rushden Station on June 18.

As part of this, volunteers are needed to help marshal the rolling road closures for the Armed Forces Day parade.

Anyone who can spare 30 to 45 minutes on the day can call Jake Baker from the Rushden branch of the Royal British Legion on 07525 441267.

The day will see a dais set up at the home of Rushden Historical Transport Society for VIP guests, including the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire.

Re-enactment groups and their vehicles as well as members of the Northants Home Guard will be involved in the event, and a number of military stalls will be set up at the train station.

Sunday, June 19, will see the Armed Forces Day service taking place at 10.30am at Rushden Heritage Chapel.

Armed Forces Day, which is marked nationally, is on Saturday, June 25, but the Rushden event is usually held the week before, as is the case this year.

For more information about the event, which is supported by Rushden Town Council and Rushden Historic Transport Society, go to www.afdrushden.com or search for Armed Forces Day Rushden on Facebook.