Spitfire to land at Jurby for making of new film

A Spitfire MK2 flies over Sherburn Airfield. Picture: Tony Saxton

A Spitfire MK2 flies over Sherburn Airfield. Picture: Tony Saxton

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One of the few remaining airworthy Spitfires will land and take off from the island next month.

The event is part of the making of the latest feature film to be shot in the island during July.

The plane will come in to land at Jurby airfield either on Thursday, July 4, or Saturday, July 6, as part of the making of Our Robot Overlords starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson.

Sian Sutherland, the film’s location manager, said the precise time for the landing was yet to be finalised.

A number of the island’s more historic locations are to be used, including the old Castle Mona Hotel on Douglas seafront. Film crews will be based there between Monday and Thursday, July 8 to 11.

The following week the location moves to King William’s College in Castletown for a couple of days.

Among the readily recognisable locations to feature will be Kirk Braddan Church and Douglas steam railway station as well as Castletown Square.

Other filming locations include Ballure Road in Ramsey, South Barrule plantation and quarry, and Mona Drive in Douglas.

Traffic restrictions may be needed in some areas.

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