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Hopes flying high that sculpture will mark ‘gateway to Lincolnshire’




How the Lancaster Bomber sculpture could look at the gateway to Lincolnshire. It could be temporarily clad in poppies each November. Photo provided by Bomber County Gateway Trust.
How the Lancaster Bomber sculpture could look at the gateway to Lincolnshire. It could be temporarily clad in poppies each November. Photo provided by Bomber County Gateway Trust.

Lincolnshire could have its own answer to the ‘Angel of the North’ if plans get the go ahead.

The trust behind a proposal to build a giant sculpture of a Lancaster bomber at the gateway to the county is keeping its fingers crossed that it gets the go ahead from planners.

The aim is that the sculpture will sit high on a hill by the side of the A46, between Newark and Lincoln, to give the impression it is flying as motorists enter Lincolnshire.

It is hoped that the sculpture will be in similar size to the Angel of the North.

Bomber County Gateway Trust has submitted the plans to North Kesteven District Council and hopes to hear back on progress in mid-April.

Trustee Clive Moles said: “Lincolnshire is known as ‘bomber county’ and we felt quite committed to commemorating the county’s contribution to the nation’s freedom during the World War Two period.

“We’ve called the monument ‘On Freedom’s Wings.’

The sculpture would include a support which could be temporarily clad with poppies each November (as shown in the artist’s impression above).

Clive added that the site chosen is particularly fitting, because the original Lancaster that the memorial is based on crashed in woodland close by.

Lancaster R5689 (VN-N) crash landed on September 18, 1942, as it limped home from a mission. Five members of its crew perished in the crash.

Clive said he has been in contact with the granddaughter of one of the crew members, who was Canadian, regarding the project.

“We have had a lot of interest in companies wanting to pledge sponsorship and are currently trying to raise £35,000 to kick start the project. The whole project is expected to cost around £130,000 plus on completion.”

The project has a crowdfunding site at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bombercountygateway

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