Thousands gather in Cromer for 'tremendous' Spitfire fly-past

The Spitfire over Cromer. 

The Spitfire over Cromer. - Credit: David Pritchard

Thousands looked to the skies as the iconic Spitfire gave a "tremendous" performance during Cromer's Jubilee celebrations.

The long-awaited fly-past and aerobatic display from the Second World War aircraft was the moment of the day for families who headed to the north Norfolk coast on Thursday (June 2).

The Spitfire over Cromer. 

The Spitfire over Cromer. - Credit: David Pritchard

Rev Will Warren, the Vicar of Cromer.

Rev Will Warren, the Vicar of Cromer. - Credit: David Pritchard

The Spitfire over Cromer. 

The Spitfire over Cromer. - Credit: David Pritchard

A genuine WWII spitfire performed an aerial display over Cromer to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

A genuine WWII spitfire performed an aerial display over Cromer to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. - Credit: Ella Wilkinson

Town councillor and chairman of the event committee, David Pritchard, said: "The sun has been shining and people came in their thousands. We could not have asked for a better day.

"It has been perfect. The fly-past was absolutely wonderful and it was an enormous relief that everything went to plan, and on time.

"We have lots more planned over the rest of the bank holiday weekend."

Cromer pier have put Union flags in the lamposts to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Cromer pier have put Union flags in the lamposts to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. - Credit: Ella Wilkinson

Sarah and Elodie Bailey wearing their knitted crowns on Cromer pier for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Sarah and Elodie Bailey wearing their knitted crowns on Cromer pier for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. - Credit: Ella Wilkinson

As well as Union Jack flags, lots of poppies were on show in Cromer, as the event was also held to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE and VJ day, and the anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

The Spitfire fly-past was originally planned to take place back in 2020, to commemorate those dates, before it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A genuine WWII spitfire performed an aerial display over Cromer to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

A genuine WWII spitfire performed an aerial display over Cromer to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. - Credit: Ella Wilkinson

To mark the Queen's Jubilee a genuine WWII spitfire performed an aerobatic display over Cromer

To mark the Queen's Jubilee a genuine WWII spitfire performed an aerobatic display over Cromer - Credit: Ella Wilkinson

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The towns Platinum Jubilee celebrations were set to continue with a service at the parish church on Sunday at 3pm, led by the vicar of Cromer, Rev Will Warren.

The service was also to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day and VJ Day along with the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, which, along with the 'Weeping Window' poppy display at the church, was originally going to be held in 2020. 

The town's mayor, Pat West, who was due to open the service, said: "This service brings to an end an extremely memorable series of events during a Platinum Jubilee the country has never experienced before and is unlikely we will again, for many years”.