'We'll Meet Again': UK's first ever sky-typing display takes place over Somerset to commemorate VE Day

The display was the first of its kind in the UK and was commissioned on the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Credit: PA images

The country's first ever sky-typing display has taken place over a Somerset airfield to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

WATCH: ITV West Country reporter Ben McGrail was at Henstridge Airfield in Somerset

The words 'We'll Meet Again', 'Thank You' and 'VE 75' were etched across the sky this morning to pay tribute to those who fought in World War Two.

The display took on another meaning too, with the phrases addressed to those working on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.

It was the first display commissioned by the Government since a change in the law to allow sky-typing earlier this year.

Military veterans from the Royal Air Force, French Air Force, British Royal Marines and the Royal Navy took to the skies over Henstridge airfield in a display that seemed to capture the feelings of the nation.

The poignant words could be seen for up to 20 miles.

The display was also put on to thank those working on the frontline during the pandemic. Credit: PA images

Victory in Europe Day will always be a landmark in British history and it is an honour to have commissioned the first sky-typing display in the UK to mark the occasion.

Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary

What is the history of sky-writing?

It has a strong British history. It was inadvertently discovered by an RAF pilot during World War One when oil found its way into a hot exhaust and vapourised, leaving a dense cloud of white smoke.

British pilots then put the discovery to use, using the practise to confuse attacking planes.

The famous words 'We'll Meet Again' were written in the sky. Credit: PA images