The Bomber County Gateway Trust is pleased to announce that, on 24th April 2018, North Kesteven District Council voted unanimously to approve the Planning Application for the erection of a full-sized representation of an Avro Lancaster Bomber at Brills Farm adjacent to the A46 on the Lincolnshire / Nottinghamshire border.
Lincolnshire is inextricably linked to aviation and in particular its home to the RAF in the Second World War. Significant among the contributions made by the county are the achievements of Bomber Command despite this section of the Royal Air Force being unfairly snubbed and maligned for a number of decades.
The steel structure, reaching a height of 30m (98ft) above ground, will be visible to those entering the county and, being placed on high ground, will appear to be in flight on the horizon.
The Bomber County Gateway Trust wants to provide a link to this heritage right on the county border. The proposed structure is an art installation / monument being a full-sized representation of an Avro Lancaster Mk1 Bomber constructed from a steel frame, mounted on a slim steel support structure to give the impression that it is flying.
Land has been secured in a prominent position so that the sculpture will be seen by more than 30,000 drivers every day on the A46.
The area on the A46 immediately North of Brough and close to Collingham represents the natural Gateway to Lincolnshire from the A1 and other major road networks.
Many major approach-roads to other counties and cities in the UK feature landmark sights such as the Angel of the North in Tyne & Wear, the Horses in Falkirk, Sheffield’s proposed Man of Steel, the Kent Horse and the Wrexham Dragon.
Heading “home” to the former RAF base at nearby Swinderby Airfield, the Lancaster is intended to remind visitors of Lincolnshire’s inextricable link to the RAF and to act as a catalyst for people to visit the many attractions in the county such as the International Bomber Command Centre, the Lincolnshire Aviation Centre, the Metheringham Airfield Museum and RAF Digby Operations Room.
Being representative of a 50 Squadron Lancaster, based at RAF Swinderby it will bear the markings VN-N, being the Lancaster that was the most photographed of all in the Second World War.
The Trust is further pleased to announce that Second World War veterans of Bomber Command, including Dambuster George “Johnny” Johnson, will break the ground on the site to mark the start of construction work at a special ceremony on 15th May 2018.
It is intended that the piece, once completed, should be named “On Freedom’s Wings”.
The Trust wishes to thank the thousands of people who have supported the project so far and to encourage those who are able to donate to the fund to do so at; www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bombercountygateway
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