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The story behind the Smiley face in the sky over Norwich

smiley face in the sky over norwich

It was a warm Sunday morning on the 4th December 2016. Garbed with a thin knitted black jumper, I was walking to the Asian shop and looked up cheerfully at the clear blue sky above me and heaved a sigh of contentment. I noticed a biplane painting a circle with its vapour. I watched the stunt curiously and waited what message it was going to show. Is this another sign in the sky? I asked myself. The biplane disappeared and I thought that was it. Then I saw two dashes appeared on the right side of the circle. Setting aside my mission, I quickly grabbed my phone to take a photo and a video. A couple of people behind me also stopped and followed suit. The plane vanished again and after a few moments it appeared just a few distance from the dashes making a pi before disappearing completely.

From my location, couldn’t figure out whether it was a smiley or a Snoopy.

Puzzled, I made a quick search for what was going on in Norwich but didn’t find any information.

A couple of days earlier while waiting for my bus home, I also saw a plane circling the sky. It was about 10 times larger or more than the latter one. I was thinking whether it was a sign in the sky and wondering what could be the meaning of it. Then I reckoned it could be a flight waiting to land at the Heathrow airport.

When I got home I showed the photo to my neighbour and he said that it was not the first time it happened. Few days later he sent me the link to the news report regarding the smiley face. So it was a smiley face and not Snoopy.

What’s the story behind it?

Five days later, Eastern Daily Press published the story about the stunt.

Willie Cruickshank, who owned the Pitts Special Biplane dropped off his daughter at a rowing in Whitlingham Lake. The girl was in a grumpy mood. Probably she wanted to stay with her dad. When Mr Cruickshank went flying later he saw the lake from the sky he thought of making a smiley face to cheer his daughter up.

What else could a dad do to make his daughter happy?

Well, I’m sure it wasn’t just Mr Cruickshank’s daughter who became happy on that day but everyone who saw it.

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  • Brianna January 2, 2017, 2:24 pm

    Aww, this story is too cute! Though, it sounds like this dad is really setting the bar high!
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  • Nathan January 2, 2017, 7:31 am

    What an awesome thing to do for his daughter! I love reading stories like this. I wish there were more of these than the negativity out there!

  • Nancy December 17, 2016, 7:02 pm

    What a special thing to do to help cheer up your daughter. Got to respect this dad. And to think, it probably brought a smile to everyone who saw it too!
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  • Mike December 13, 2016, 12:01 am

    This is such a heartwarming story! Mr Cruickshank sounds like a great dad and his daughter is lucky to have someone like that to cheer her up on those grumpy days!

  • Vicki Louise December 12, 2016, 10:11 pm

    What a lovely thing for a dad to do for his daughter. Very sweet!
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  • Gokul Raj December 12, 2016, 9:22 pm

    Wow…that is cute. Nice of you to share it. It would have made the little girls day.

  • Eric || The Bucket List Project December 12, 2016, 2:17 pm

    Love this story! Sometimes its the little things we can do for others that make a difference (yes I know flying a plane and then dragging smoke to make a smiley is not really a “little thing”). But his intention to bring happiness into his daughter’s life had wonderful collateral affect on others.
    By the way you sharing this story made me smile too…thanks for the giving a smiley via blog!
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  • Bart and Eena December 12, 2016, 10:50 am

    This is such a wonderful and sweet story! Glad to read good gestures like this. ❤️

  • Punita Malhotra December 12, 2016, 8:58 am

    Little gestures like these can make your day. I can just imagine the little girl’s face!

  • Jess December 12, 2016, 2:38 am

    What a great story! I wish my dad would do something like this for me!
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  • Carol Colborn December 12, 2016, 1:40 am

    Sweet story. Father-daughter love.

  • Lisa December 12, 2016, 1:21 am

    How sweet is that. What a great little story of how much this father loves his little girl. I hope she saw it and smiled back!

  • travelling chingrita December 12, 2016, 1:19 am

    that actually touched my heart, what dad’s would do to put a smile on their little girl’s faces is so amazing. love it that he got to share that happiness to everyone else as well. thanks for sharing!
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