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Weekend Picks: Cosford Food Festival

Cosford Food Festival: Sat 23rd - Sun 24th July (Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shropshire)

Food on the menu includes Indian, Italian and French Caribbean, Cuban and Mexican Credit: Trustees of the Royal Air Force Museum

More than 80 local food and drink producers will be at the Cosford Food Festival this weekend.

Returning to the festival this summer will be popular exhibitors, including Moyden's Handmade Cheese, bringing along a selection of their award winning range of artisan cheeses. As well as Salop Pickle Works who’ll have a wide range of artisan pickles, with exciting flavours to choose from including hot chilies.

The diverse menu on offer will include everything from Indian, Italian and French cuisine to a taste of the Caribbean with Cuban and Mexican food.

With additional entertainment and live music being lined up for festival goers, organisers say they are confident the event will not only appeal to food lovers, but also families looking for an enjoyable day out.

For opening times and more information visit: www.rafmuseum.org/cosford

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Spitfire flypast at RAF Cosford

Spitfire will flypast RAF Cosford today and tomorrow Credit: PA Pictures

Visitors to the RAF Museum in Cosford will be treated to a spitfire flypast as part of the events to mark 75 years since the Battle of Britain.

Spitfire's won immortal fame during the summer months of 1940 by helping to defeat the German air attacks during the Battle of Britain.

The unmistakable Spitfire sound and silhouette will be filling the skies over Shropshire at 4pm today and 11.25am tomrorow as it flies over the Museum.

Visitors can also view the world's oldest Spitfire displayed next to a Hurricane in the Museum's 'War in the Air' hangar at Cosford.

They'll also be music from a 1940's Home Front Cabaret and children will be able to experience life in 1940's classroom - air raid sirens and all.

Spectacular flying displays at RAF Cosford Air Show

Thousands of people enjoyed great weather and spectacular flying displays at the RAF Cosford Air Show in Shropshire today.

Among the aircrafts taking part in the five and a half hour aerial display were vintage planes from World War One.

Other aircrafts gracing the skies included the iconic Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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RAF veterans share war stories with children's author

A Midland children's author will meet real Second World War RAF veterans as he prepares to release his debut book, based on the Battle of Britain.

Graham Jones will be at the air base in Cosford today, where he will discuss his story with five pilots - all in their 90s and who served in the war - including Battle of Britain survivor Ken Wilkinson.

The five veterans will discuss their war stories with Midlands-based children's author Graham Jones Credit: David Jones/PA

Mr Jones' first book, called Time Travelling Toby and the Battle of Britain, is aimed at encouraging young children to learn about the historic battle.

Mr Wilkinson will also be signing a copy of the book to be auctioned off for a charity chosen by the Air Crew Association.

Blood bike service to launch at RAF Cosford

A new blood bikes service will be officially launched today at RAF Cosford. Credit: Royal Air Force Museum Cosford

A new blood bikes service will be officially launched today at RAF Cosford.

The Shropshire and Staffordshire charity has more than 100 volunteer riders and two specially equipped motorbikes.

They will deliver blood and medical items to support the NHS, saving up to £300 each time.

Four-time World-Superbike Champion Carl Fogerty will also be there to give his support.

Iconic Spitfire expected to fly over RAF Cosford

The second day of Battle of Britain commemoration at RAF Cosford could see a fly-past by one of the most iconic planes in history.

The Spitfire is expected to fly over the air force base as part of their remembrance event for the Battle of Britain.

The iconic Spitfire is due to fly past today Credit: Jamie Duff/Press Association Images

However, organisers say the weather may affect the appearance of the aircraft, which is due to fly over Cosford at 2.25pm.

A Lancaster Bomber flew over the base yesterday, as the first part of the two-day family event.

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