Vintage jet in beer garden!

A Northallerton pub's beer garden is set to get an unusual attraction – a vintage jet!

Paul Greig, from Northallerton, and Dave Stock, from Crakehall, are part of an 11-member group who recently paid 1,050 for the 1960s Jet Provost T Mark Three.

Mr Greig, landlord of the Standard Inn, Northallerton, came across the aircraft while browsing on Internet auction site e-bay and placed his bid just two minutes before the auction closed.

The jet, once a familiar sight in the Vale of York, has spent the last 40 years in a field in Sussex.

It is planned to transport it to Mr Greig’s pub in mid to late June, where it will be displayed in the beer garden.

Mr Greig said: “People will be able to watch the restoration as it progresses. When the aircraft is complete we hope to have the cockpit lights and landing lights working. It should be a great sight.

“I can’t say I know of any other pubs that have a jet in the garden.”

The jet had flown out of RAF Linton on Ouse in the early 1960s and RAF staff at the station are helping with research. The two men are keen to hear from anyone who might have flown the aircraft – serial number XN458 – or worked on it as an engineer. For more details, contact Mr Greig on 01609 772719.