Grant of £200k for memorial

The site of International Bomber Command Centre.
The site of International Bomber Command Centre.

A grant of £200,000 has been awarded by North Kesteven District Council to help complete the next stage of the International Bomber Command Centre.

The centre, which is taking shape at the top of Canwick Hill, on the outskirts of Lincoln, is a memorial to the personnel of the Second World War’s RAF Bomber Command.

The grant, approved on Tuesday by the district council’s executive board, will help to deliver the second stage of the project – the exhibition and visitor centre, the Chadwick Building.

The centre will aim to provide the most comprehensive record of RAF Bomber Command in the world, telling the stories of those who served, supported and suffered in its campaigns. It will also provide an educational facility for the region’s schools and colleges.

Some £3million is needed to make the Chadwick Building a reality, as well as provide access roads and car parking.

Council leader Marion Brighton said: “It is very fitting that there is a site dedicated to the bravery of those who served with Bomber Command, not only from Lincolnshire but from around the world.

“It is something that we, as a council, have supported for many years as a resource of international significance.”