Rare fly-past salute to Montrose pilot

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The impressive roar of a Hurricane fighter plane could be heard across Montrose as it soared across the skies last Wednesday.

The fly-past of the Second World War plane was a dedication to Sergeant Ronald Jordan who served at Montrose from 1940 to 1944.

Mr Jordan met Alice Gibson, a Montrose girl, while stationed in the town and on February 24, 1943 the couple married at St George’s and Trinity Church.

They had two children, Ronald and Sheila, who organised the fly-past.

The family of the couple were at Sleepyhillock Cemetery to bury their ashes in the family grave on Wednesday (August 7).

After the ceremony, the Hurricane from Duxford, Cambridgeshire, piloted by Flight Lieutenant Dave Harvey, flew over Sleepyhillock Cemetery and the Basin to honour the wartime couple, while a large family party stood watch.

It also flew over the Montrose Air Station where Mr Jordan was based during his war years.

Daniel Paton, curator of Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, said: “Last Wednesday, people in Montrose were treated to the rare sight and sound of a Hawker Hurricane performing a wonderful flying display over the Basin.

“The Hurricane has always been overshadowed by its more glamorous contemporary, the Spitfire, but it was the Hurricane which won the Battle of Britain and they were an everyday sight flying from Montrose throughout the war years.”

“It was Ronald Jordan’s favourite aircraft and his family’s choice for a farewell salute.”

“He kept many letters, documents and photographs from his years in the RAF and these have been presented to the Heritage Centre. They will be used on display, so the story of Ronald and Alice will become familiar to visitors.”