Lucky visitors will get a bird’s eye view of Meltham this summer.

Revellers at this year’s 1940s Meltham Memories weekend on July 4 and 5 will be taken high into the sky, thanks to new specially commissioned plane rides.

Striking views of the Holme Valley, the Peak District and dozens of reservoirs will also be enjoyed by those who book a 30 minutes ride with the festival’s organisers.

Dubbed the Battle of Meltham Memorial Flight, the idea was dreamt up by one of the event organiser Richard Noon in a bid to make the weekend stand out from others 1940s events in the region.

Couples who stump up around £90 each will be able to share the experience in a red and white propeller plane flown by a private pilot, who has offered his services for free so that all money can go to staging future events.

Richard said: “It’s something that we’ve never offered before and it’s really exciting for us.

“We don’t have a train station or canal that we can involve in the event so I thought well why not a plane?

“I think it will bring something different to Meltham Memories and help us stand out.

“And it will also help us to build upon the success the event had last year, which was packed out due to it being held on the Tour de France Grand Depart weekend.

“It’s also very cheap for a flight experience and the money will just help us continue to keep putting on the weekend in the future.”

Another exciting new venture at this year’s free event, which will be the seventh, will be a vintage style rugby match featuring the Meltham All Blacks in vintage kit, with Huddersfield Giants stars making an appearance.

WWII re-enactment camps, military displays and period vehicles will also be on offer, while visitors will be encouraged to come dressed in their finest wartime get up.

Richard, added: “The match will definitely be worth a watch and we’re very glad that both teams have agreed to take part.

“It’s going to be a great weekend and the new events will just be the icing on the cake.”

Tickets for the flight will be on sale soon from the Meltham Memories website at