Thirty years on from ITV’s Piece of Cake series, the flying sequences surely stick in the memory the most. Given the great names who were behind them, that’s hardly surprising


One of the most famous moments in Ray Hanna and Spitfire IX MH434’s illustrious shared history — flying under Winston Bridge in County Durham, towards the end of the Piece of Cake filming.

Winston Bridge, County Durham. An impressive single arch across the River Tees, dating from 1762-63, it was Europe’s longest such construction when it was built. This fine piece of Georgian engineering, a sturdy sandstone edifice set in a secluded area of wooded countryside west of Darlington, is among the area’s most notable sights. But, for anyone with an interest in historic aviation, it has a very special significance. This is, of course, the bridge under which Ray Hanna flew Spitfire IX MH434 during the making of Piece of Cake.

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