>10th May update

>Derek Mowat, Dunstane House Hotel……….£1000

Lawrie &Maggie Mitchell, Setter, Firth…..….£200

Anonymous………………………………………………..£100

Andrew Brown……………………………………………£200

Ian Thain……………………………………………………..£ 50

Jim and Jean Thompson…………………………….£200

Myself………………………………………………………..£200

Eddie Ratter, Scapa Garage………………………. £200

Norman Brass, Blue Star garage, Stromness £200

R Clouston, Kirkwall…………………………………… £100

DS Nicloson Rendall ……………………………………£100

Donald Mowat, St Margerets Hope …………..£100

Olly Sinclair, Royal Hotel, Stromness ………….£100

Jim Nicolson Rendall …………………………………..£50

MT Austin…………………………………………………….£100

Kirkwall Hotel……………………………………………….£200

Airfayre………………………………………………………..£50

G&A Barnie…………………………………………………..£100

RAFA matched by Colin Wylie………………………£100

Total to date…………………………………………………£3350

£650 to go, now at the final hurdle. I have also spoken to Loganair Engineering who have offered to look after the Spitfire overnight. As I understand it, the pilot has been speaking to the CAA today for permission to fly lower for display purposes. If this is granted, it means £150 more but we are so close I am confident of reaching the amount required.

As a final push, if anyone can think of anyone with an interest in aviation, business or personal, who may manage to assist financially. Please ask them to get in touch.

All the best and many thanks to all for your generous support.

Neil

>9th May update

>Hello all

Thought it was time to bring you up to date, Derek and I have been working hard raising funds and I have listed the current financial position below and although optimistic are running out of time. I have copied Dave Gray of Radio Orkney into this e-mail hoping he would be kind enough in one of his broadcasts to give an update to the public letting them know the situation and requesting further pledges to the cause (imposing on his good nature!).

I have also copied in Cheryl Campbell from the Orcadian who has given us the exposure so far and Craig Taylor from Orkney Today who keeps in touch regularly with me at Kirkwall Airport. I am also ever hopeful that the Orkney Media Group may be interested in making a contribution to this unique event.

Current picture:

Derek Mowat, Dunstane House Hotel……….£1000

Lawrie &Maggie Mitchell, Setter, Firth…..….£200

Anonymous………………………………………………..£100

Andrew Brown……………………………………………£200

Ian Thain……………………………………………………..£ 50

Jim and Jean Thompson…………………………….£200

Myself………………………………………………………..£200

Eddie Ratter, Scapa Garage………………………. £200

Norman Brass, Blue Star garage, Stromness £200

R Clouston, Kirkwall…………………………………… £100

DS Nicloson Rendall ……………………………………£100

Donald Mowat, St Margerets Hope …………..£100

Olly Sinclair, Royal Hotel, Stromness ………….£100

Jim Nicolson Rendall …………………………………..£50

Totalling ……………………………………………………..£2800

We have still to hear from OIC, RAFA, RBL and one or two others. To keep things above board, I will have details shortly of where the money should be paid if it all comes together.

Provisional dates are as follows:

1. Arriving Wednesday 2nd June for display 3rd June

2. Arriving Monday 7th June for display 8th June

Weather and ash cloud dependant! Many thanks go to all who have offered their support and all contributors. I will try and update quickly as and when things change.

Best wishes

Neil

>19th April update

>Hi all

Have now spoken to the CAA, they confirm we do not need a licence to bring the Spitfire here. I also received another pledge today from Lawrie and Maggie Mitchell from Setter in Firth for £200 so getting there. I wish there was more I could ask you to do but at the moment its all about raising the necessary funds.

I was visited yesterday by David Morgan, a pilot and member of the Fresson Trust. He also happens to be a journalist and he is preparing a press release for some of the nationals and the P&J so things are about to become higher profile.

Thanks for reading and keep in touch

Regards

Neil

>12th April Update

>Dear All

I apologise for not being in touch sooner, however, I have been away for nearly ten days and have had limited web access. First of all thank you for your offer of support in this venture.

Tough UK economic trading conditions has meant difficulty in obtaining funds so far but that does not mean work does not go on. At the moment I am waiting for the CAA to come back to me to discuss the least painless and expensive way to classify this potential visit.

It may be the only way to achieve this is for the initial landing to be at Kirkwall Airport. The airport manager has intimated a public viewing may be possible outside opening hours which would solve a huge problem. From Kirkwall Airport a tribute flypast or landing could be achieved at Skea Brae. The biggest problem is the relatively short timescale involved.

A Civil Engineer from Airport Infrastructure Services has offered to advise on the necessary steps to achieve the landing at Skea Brae and this will ultimately decide the final methodology.

In the meantime, I intend to visit the Chairman of the Royal British Legion and RAFA to ask for their support. I have spoken to the Royal Engineers to see if they can assist, however, they confirmed today that the cost of taking plant to Orkney is prohibitive, again due to budget cuts, and cannot help on this occasion. I also hope to speak to the heritage department of the OIC after work tomorrow to see if they are willing to get involved.

If you have any suggestions of potential funders, they would be gratefully received. Once we get closer to the target, I would hope we could all meet to discuss things in detail.

Thank you for your interest and if you want to chat, my home number is (01856)878626 or personal mobile 07799533805.

Best wishes

Neil