PILOT’S SEAT: Joe Robson flying the plane
PILOT’S SEAT: Joe Robson flying the plane

RESIDENTS at Beaconsfield Court care home, in Barnard Castle, became pilots for the day when they visited Teesside International Airport.

When asked what resident Joe Robson would wish to do, he said that he would love to be able to go fly in an aeroplane.

Due to his health conditions the team at the care home, run by HC-One, researched alternatives and discovered the opportunity for Joe to have a go at a flight simulator at Eden Flight Training, at Teesside International Airport. Resident Linnie Kavanagh was also asked what she would like to do – and when she couldn’t think of anything the team told her some of the wishes other residents had chosen. She heard of the plans for Mr Robson and said: “I am 97 years old and have never been in a plane so I would like to do that too.”

Beaconsfield Court Home manager Laura Langridge said: “The pair were very excited as they arrived at Eden Flight Training. They took turns taking control of their very own plane, Joe opted to fly over Barnard Castle and London while Linnie covered most of the North East and managed to do a loop the loop which she was very happy about.”

Afterwards, they watched some light aircrafts taking off and shared their highlights of the experience. Mr Robson said: “What a marvellous experience. I never thought I would fly a plane.”

Ms Langridge added: “What an amazing experience for Joe and Linnie – the smiles on their faces really said it all. Thank you to Eden Flight Training.”