A flock of up to 30 microlight and single-pilot aircraft are due to descend on Stornoway tomorrow afternoon (Thursday June 27th), as the town becomes one of the stopping points on a round-UK charity fundraising flight.
Between 20 and 30 of the light aircraft are taking part in Fly UK 2019, an annual challenge which, since 2005, has collected over £68,000 for the charity Children with Cancer.
The pilots have been making an attempt on a course which takes in both Land's End and John O'Groats. After starting in the Midlands last Friday (21st June) they’ve flown up western England and Wales, aiming to reach Stornoway from Solas in Benbecula, before continuing on to Wick and Duncansby Head in Northern Scotland. The return flights will take them southwards, following the east coast, before finishing at a special event after eight days of flying.
There’s no guaranteed arrival times for the pilots, who don’t fly together and can choose to take side-trips or deviate from the main route, but up to 30 are expected to touch down at Stornoway airport during the day tomorrow.
Picture shows some of the light aircraft at Solas during a visit earlier this year (Clive James).