Tiger Moth cloud descends on Houghton

One of Norfolk's great stately homes provided a warm welcome to one of Britain's most recognisable aircraft on Sunday.Houghton Hall, near Fakenham, was a picturesque backdrop to the arrival of nearly 30 De Havilland Tiger Moths from all round the country.

One of Norfolk's great stately homes provided a warm welcome to one of Britain's most recognisable aircraft on Sunday.

Houghton Hall, near Fakenham, was a picturesque backdrop to the arrival of nearly 30 De Havilland Tiger Moths from all round the country.

A Spitfire also joined the gathering in the grounds of the hall, which was very apt on the weekend when the Battle of Britain is remembered across the nation.

It is the first time Houghton has hosted such a collection of old planes - which dated back to between 1933 and 1942 - and it could pave the way to more events in the future.


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The De Havilland Moth Club has held an annual event at Woburn Abbey for 28 years attracting up to 100 Tiger Moths but that has now ended.

Todd Bruno - who lives at Houghton and is a club member - said had “fantastic potential as a venue” and hoped Sunday's event could be a “dress rehearsal” for possibly becoming the site for more regular fly-ins.

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Tiger Moth restorer Henry Laboucheresaid: “This is a toe in the water to see if the Moth Club likes Houghton and Houghton likes the Moth Club.”

He praised Houghton Hall owner the Marquess of Cholmondeley for allowing the event to be held there and added: “It has been a fantastic day and everyone has enjoyed it. It is a beautiful place and it takes me back to the early days of the event at Woburn.”

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