TWO care home residents had the opportunity of becoming pilots for the day.

Pensioners Joe Robson and Linnie Kavanagh were overcome with excitement when they arrived at Eden Flight Training in Teesside International Airport to fly a plane simulator.

Before heading off on their adventure 98-year-old Joe had expressed wishes to fly in an aeroplane, but due to health issues it wouldn't be possible for him to fly a real plane.

The staff at their care home Beaconsfield Court, on Galgate in Barnard Castle, researched alternatives and discovered that flight simulation was an option and could be experienced at Teesside International Airport.

When Ms Kavanagh heard of the plans for Joe to visit a flight simulator she was keen to get on board.

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She said: “I am 97-years-old and have never been in a plane so I would like to do that too.”

Mr Robson opted to fly over Barnard Castle and London while Linnie decided to cover most of the North East, even managing to do a loop-the-loop.

Later they watched aircrafts taking off and shared their highlights of the day. Mr Robson commented: “What a marvellous experience, I never thought I would fly a plane.”

Beaconsfield Court Home Manager, Laura Langridge said: “What an amazing experience for Joe and Linnie, the smiles on their faces really said it all. Thank you to Eden Flight Training for helping us to make their wishes come true.”