VE Day celebrations were in full swing last week and the day was particularly memorable for a group of residents in Hemel Hempstead as they were treated to their own fly-past.
The community at Winding Shot in Warners End often use The Green near their homes to celebrate events like the Diamond Jubilee and people living in the cul-de-sac were in their gardens to see Andrew Leithboro, whose wheelchair had been transformed into a Spitfire by his father Roger, mark the historical day in his own unique way.
Andrew’s mother Linda said Roger and her son, who suffers from cerebral palsy, especially enjoyed the day.
“They loved it. It was more important for him to get him out and he loves the functions. There’s such a lovely community. When you all get together so close to home, it’s such a nice day out. We all made the best of it and we felt it was important to do something
Linda Buckingham’s husband Terry dressed up his skip as a tank for the event while her neighbour brought out some photos and some of his army kit for neighbours to see.
Linda said the day was very memorable.
She added: “We still had a good laugh even though we were being good in our own gardens. We’ve had some great events in the past with around 60 to 70 people and it was great for Andrew to play a key part last week. We timed it with a biplane which flew past to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.”