2010 York maize maze preview (VIDEO)

THE owner of the award-winning York Maze has paid tribute to Britain's flyers in the 70th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain by laying out of this year's attraction in the shape of a giant Spitfire.

Farmer Tom Pearcy, who carved the design out of a million living maize plants, says it is the biggest tribute to the iconic aircraft ever created.

Measuring over 1,000ft long, the "Spitfire" is 30 times the size of the real thing. Yorkshire's last surviving Battle of Britain veteran, Flight Lieutenant Terry Clark, was given a special viewing.

Mr Pearcy said: "I'm delighted to be able to make my contribution to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and to pay tribute to the brave airmen, 'the few', like Terry Clark, who in a unique battle for the skies helped keep this country safe.

"It is also a tribute to all the other service personnel who have served our country and continue to do so today."

The design also features the words 'Never Forget 1940-2010' in 40ft high letters and a giant Union Jack. The 10km of pathways form an intricate maze for visitors to explore.

York Maze is the largest maize maze in Europe and one of the largest in the world. Mr Pearcy's previous designs have included an Astronaut, the Statue of Liberty and the Flying Scotsman.

York Maze opens to the public on July 17 and will be open every day until Sunday September 6. Forces staff and their families are being offered discounted admission.