A dream came true for Alexa Nisbet, as a thank-you for her tireless charity work.
Supporters of her charity, Alexa’s Animals , secretly raised money to pay for a treat to mark the 25th anniversary of her rescuing dogs.
The treat was to taxi in a Lancaster bomber, as she has always been fascinated by wartime aircraft.
Alexa said: “It was an experience out of this world. A metal shell, cramped beyond belief, icy cold and those brave men taking off every night facing death – often 11-hour shifts, done to keep us safe. If they had not, there would be no rescue centres. I shall never forget hurtling along the runway sitting in the gunner’s seat, hearing the roar of its four Merlin engines. Thank you so much.”
Alexa’s Animals has helped to re-home more than 1,600 dogs and puppies.
In 2001, Alexa’s invaluable work was recognised when she was awarded an MBE.
She is now helped by a small band of volunteers.
The rescue centre is based a few miles north of Alnwick.