Spitfire flypast route: How to watch

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Spitfire flypast routes will carry the famed World War Two aircraft over the UK in celebration of the NHS tomorrow. July 5 marks the British institution’s 72nd birthday, which has elevated significance in 2020. People can catch a glimpse of the legendary aircraft tomorrow as it embarks on a route from RAF Duxford.

How to watch the Spitfire flypast route

A lone Spitfire will take to the skies above Cambridgeshire on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the NHS.

The aircraft, restored by the family-owned Aircraft Restoration Company will have “Thank U NHS” emblazoned on its undercarriage and will start its run from RAF Duxford at 4.30pm.

The Spitfire’s path will take it over several hospitals in Cambridgeshire and East of England.

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Along its route is the village of Witchford, where local residents sewed NHS scrubs during the coronavirus pandemic.

The aeroplane will spend roughly one hour in the air before touching down at Duxford once again by 5.10pm.

People can follow the route online via Twitter, with updates under the #NHSSpitfire hashtag.

They can also observe the aircraft in person from the ground by following its flight schedule.

The Spitfire will take the following path through the East of England:

4.20pm – Duxford Airfield

4.28pm – Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City (East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust)

4.33pm – Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Luton (Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

4.36pm – Lister Hospital, Stevenage (East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust)

4.41pm – Bedford Hospital, Bedford (Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

4.47pm – Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon (North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust)

4.53pm – Witchford

4.58pm – Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge (Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust)

5.00pm – Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge (Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

5.02pm – Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge (Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)

5.10pm – Duxford Airfield

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The flypast marks just one aspect of celebration in the UK this weekend, as the Government allowed pubs to reopen for the first time in months today.

Thousands of people have expressed their intention to return to their local today, some of which opened from 6am.

But many of the health workers, whom the nation will gather to celebrate tomorrow, have warned people not to take it too far.

They stated people using the day to “blow off steam” could risk overwhelming the NHS on its birthday.

Speaking to the Guardian, Dr Katherine Henderson, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, the representative body of Britsh A&E workers, said it would be “heartbreaking” to see the previous goodwill ignored.

She said: “After seeing all the goodwill, all of the clapping for the NHS, it would be heartbreaking to see A&Es overwhelmed on the first post-lockdown evening by people who have gotten too drunk or been in a fight.

“If you go to A&E because you’re plastered, you end up stretching the health service further and potentially put others at risk.

“Not only do you risk accidentally infecting someone with coronavirus because you don’t know you have it, but you are taking up the time of doctors who could be treating patients whose lives are in danger.”

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