Many local residents spotted the famous Lancaster bomber on Saturday (June 17) flying low over the Lake District.

Armed Forces Week took place last week and The RAF, whilst protecting our skies, also found time to show appreciation of the strong historical and current links with the area by flying one of only two Airworthy Lancasters over the lake. The only other Lancaster bomber is in Canada.  

In appreciation for the Lakeland valleys being used for low-flying manoeuvres, the RAF sent a Lancaster Bomber over for an unprecedented triple flyover.

The Avro Lancaster is the most famous and successful RAF heavy bomber of World War Two. 

The Westmorland Gazette: The RAF 'thanked' the area for allowing low flying maneuvers

The application for a flyover was made through Windermere and Bowness Town Council and town councillor Peter Hamilton said he was delighted that the RAF approved the request. 

Cllr Hamilton said: "It is all too easy to take our protected airspace for granted. The RAF, whilst protecting our skies, have also found the time to say thank you to our residents. That makes me proud to be part of this great nation."

The Lakes has a fascinating history in aircraft, including Waterbird and the Sunderlands and he hopes this flyover will also help to encourage people to think about seeking out working-from-home aircraft sector jobs.

The Westmorland Gazette: The RAF 'thanked' the area for allowing low flying maneuvers

"There are many things we try to improve as a town council and this is a high-profile success," he said.

"Anyone who feels they want to contribute to our success can apply to join the town council if they live locally."

The Second World War craft was spotted over Windermere, through Dunmail Raise and was even sighted over Staveley car show. 

The Westmorland Gazette: One of two flying Lancaster Bombers left in the world

The RAF Mountain Rescue Team can also be regularly seen in the Lake District training or taking part in rescues.