A ninety-year-old man who spent his working life making planes has flown for the first time.
Great-grandad Reuben Bailey, of Lee Street, Longridge, was treated to the surprise 30-minute ride in a helicopter by his children, Margaret, Doreen, Liz, Andy and Helen, to mark his 90th birthday.
And the celebrations didn’t stop there for the former British Aerospace worker.
After taking off from Cow Hill, Grimsargh and flying over his home town and the Ribble Valley, Reuben and his crew landed on the practice green at Longridge Golf Club where he was then transported by golf buggy into the club-house for a surprise party with a buffet for 55 members of his family and friends.
Helen Stapeley, the youngest of his five children, said:“He absolutely loved it and said the flight was fantastic.”
Helen explained one of her sisters mentioned the helicopter ride after learning their dad had said he would like to have flown, but had never had the chance.
Up until then the family belief had been that Reuben - who had worked for British Aerospace for most of his life - had always said he had spent years building aeroplanes, but would never fly.
Helen said: “We all had a bit of a meeting and decided to go for it.
“My sister has a friend who is a pilot and she said she would get in touch.”
On the day of the flight Reuben was told he was being picked up to go for a family meal.
By the time Helen got there to take some photos, she found her dad was all ready to take off.
“He said he had enjoyed a brilliant weekend, which also included a family meal on the Monday evening,” she added.