Eric, 100, flying high after birthday treat

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High-flyer Eric Clarke went to great heights to mark his 100th birthday.

Not content with enjoying a flypast by a legendary Lancaster bomber on his big day, Mr Clarke followed it up the next day by taking to the skies himself - and becoming one of the UK’s oldest-ever flyers.

Bomber Command veteran Mr Clarke, who lives at Carcroft, took to the skies in a Cessna 172 with Waddington Flying Club at the age of 100 years and a day - beating by one day the club’s previous record for the oldest person airborne.

During the Second World War, he was with 49 Squadron at RAF Scampton as a wireless operator and flew more than 20 bombing raids before taking up a successful career in local government following the end of the conflict.

After his trip Mr Clarke, who also enjoyed a civic reception with more than 200 people at the Mansion House on Monday, said: “I’ve had a wonderful day. Everyone has been so marvellous.”

He was also awarded the Bomber Command Clasp by Air Marshall Sir Graham Miller KBE.

RAF Waddington flying club member Flt Lt Gary Mennell said: “It’s been a real privilege to fly Eric. He’s a truly inspirational airman.”