Snowbirds Fly Over Highlight of the Year for Port Hope Woman

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A Port Hope woman said it was the moment of the year watching the Canadian Forces Snowbirds fly over her apartment on Sunday, May 10, 2020.

Linda Rose turns 80-years-old in September and has been following the Snowbirds since 1972.

In fact, the best way to sum up the passion Rose has for the Snowbirds during these COVID-19 times is that she stands alone.

From her apartment on Rose Glen Road to her car and everything in between is related to the Snowbirds.

Photos from other the years, pins, jackets – and the flypast on Sunday was the icing on the cake for this year for Rose.

“I love air planes.”

“Everytime they put a new jacket out I make sure I get one.”

Rose was looking forward to seeing the Snowbirds in Brantford this year, but unfortunately like so many other events, it has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

She’s celebrating this year 40-years of sobriety, but told Today’s Northumberland that nothing compares to the fly-by today.

“They’re Canadian. We’ve got to support them the way they support us.”

Looking to the east shortly before 10 a.m. on Sunday, Rose could see the lights of the Tutor jets flying towards her.

“When they got to where the town houses are they turned the smoke on and off and that was to say “hello.”

“And they titled the wing and that let me know they saw me on the balcony waving.”

“That’s more than a birthday, Christmas or anything. I’m ecstatic.”

The Snowbirds are crossing Canada on their Operation Inspiration tour flying over as many towns and cities as they can honouring essential workers and everyday people in the fight against COVID

Pete Fisher
Author: Pete Fisher

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