Spitfire pays tribute to NHS over Antrim and Newtownabbey borough

As part of a UK-wide tribute to the National Health Service, a special World War II Spitfire fly over took place at hospitals in Northern Ireland last week.

The Spitfire flew over Antrim Area Hospital on September 18.

As part of this tribute, a special fly over at Antrim Area Hospital took place on Friday, September 18 at 10.48am.

A single World War II Spitfire circled the hospital in recognition of the selfless work carried out by the NHS staff in the ongoing fight against Covid-19.

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Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr Jim Montgomery said: “It was both exhilarating and humbling to see the Spitfire soaring in the sky.

“With the unique roar of its Merlin engine, the Spitfire was one of the most iconic WWII aircraft and became the symbol of national defiance in adversity.

“Today’s tribute was fitting as the NHS remains in the frontline in the battle against Covid-19 and the bravery and courage of its staff will be part of our own history.”

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