A pub landlord from Dukinfield, Cheshire has secured Avro Vulcan XL391 with a winning bid of £15,102.03. Christopher Ollerenshaw will display the beast outside the Snipe Inn after winning the eBay auction for the Cold War relic.
XL391 has spent the last 20 years or so gradually rotting away at Blackpool airport. Former owner Brian Bateson paid £6,000 for it after decommissioning in 1982, although at one point the eBay bidding frenzy reached £7m before the online auction site intervened to put an end to the madness.
Ollerenshaw told the BBC: "I'm not really sure why I bid for it, we've been to Blackpool so many times and passed it," before admitting: "I'm scared stiff of flying; perhaps it is as well it is staying on the ground." His wife Bev offered: "It's barmy, I can't believe he's done it." ®