A class act from apologetic pilot

- Local People

A KIND airline pilot saved the day for a Petersfield pupil when he wrote his teacher a note explaining his absence from school.

Eight-year-old Joshua Skuse and his family faced a long delay on their flight back from a half-term holiday in Cyprus as Gatwick was fog-bound.

And eventually the Easyjet flight was cancelled, with Joshua worried about missing school the next day.

But the pilot stepped in, writing a jokey explanatory note to his teacher at Herne Junior School, Mrs Lee.

He wrote:?“Dear Mrs Lee, I am very sorry that Joshua was not at school today. He has been involved in a secret mission in the Eastern Meediterranean Sea at very short notice. We hope this mission will soon be complete and that he will see you bright eyed and bushy tailed on Tuesday morning.” It was signed ‘Captain A N Other’.

Joshua took the note into school to show Mrs Lee and his year four class after flying back on the Monday.

He was on holiday with mum Emma, dad Rob and sister Emily (14).

Emma said the pilot and other Easyjet staff had been brilliant at keeping the children entertained when they were waiting for hours on the plane on Sunday waiting for delay updates.

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