Lord Shaftesbury, the twelfth earl, visited the site of the excavation of the Spitfire which crashed in 1941 and which featured in DIGWW2 on BBC2 recently. As landowner of the site, he met Gleneely Development Association to arrange for a car park to be constructed close to where the crash took place. He examined maps and plans which the committee had drawn up and expressed his satisfaction with the proposals. It is understood a lease will be arranged between the Shaftesbury estate and Donegal County Council at a later date. Signage may be provided for the guidance of visitors.
He spoke to Tommy Lafferty who remembered the day the crash happened. Mass goers emerging from Ballinacrae chapel on the Sunday witnessed the plane crash- landing and the pilot ejecting. Lord Shaftesbury was impressed with the natural beauty of the area and the heather was looking its best in purple. As the father of two small children he expressed a wish to visit the district at a later date.
Members of the committee entertained him to tea in the village community centre before he returned to Belfast.