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School visits to Duxford War Museum face axe says Union

A Hurricane fighter aircraft at Duxford Credit: PA

A union has warned that school visits and educational programmes at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford are under threat because of funding cuts.

The museum - which also has branches in London and Belfast - could lose nearly £4m a year. The Prospect union has launched a petition calling on the Government to reverse the cuts.

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Long traffic delays for sell-out airshow

Drivers using the A505 in Cambridgeshire are being warned of two hour delays around Duxford as people head to the air show.

Organisers say it's sold out and are urging the public not to turn up without a ticket.

The say the only car parks still open are exclusively for the use of advance ticket holders. If you already have a ticket you will be directed to the advance ticket holders’ car parks.

Car parks full at Duxford Air Show: Stay away plea by organisers

A Hurricane fighter aircraft at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

Unless you have pre-booked tickets, organisers of the Duxford Air Show in Cambridgeshire are advising drivers to stay away after car parks filled up by 8.15am.

It's the second day of the show at the Imperial War Museum and tickets are still available for people arriving on foot or by courtesy bus.

Organisers said: "Our car parks for advance ticket holders remain open. If you already have a ticket you will be directed to a car park reserved exclusively for advance ticket holders."

"The Meadow car park is now full and there is no longer any car parking available for visitors who wish to buy a ticket and are arriving by car. If you do not have a ticket for The Duxford Air Show today and are coming by car, please do not travel to IWM Duxford."

– IWM Duxford

Highlights of the Duxford Air Show

  • The Red Arrows aerobatic display team
  • Avro Lancaster from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
  • Boeing 727
  • Westland Sea King helicopter from the RAF's 22 Squadron at Wattisham, Suffolk
  • Flying Fortress Sally B from B-17 Preservation
  • Spitfires, Hurricanes and WW1 replica aircraft

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Duxford show to remember Britain's D-Day air assault

Final preparations are underway at Duxford's Imperial War Museum as it prepares to mark the role airmen played in one of the biggest and most significant campaigns of the Second World War.

Historic aircraft have been arriving at the Cambridgeshire airfield, ready to take part in their first major airshow of the year, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day allied invasion of France.

Over the bank holiday weekend, thousands of spectators are expected to arrive to witness the sights and sounds of military aircraft old and new, in tribute to the thousands of servicemen killed on land, sea and in the air around the Normandy beaches in June 1944.

Click below to see ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes' look behind the scenes as the final plans come together.

Duxford exhibition tells WWII stories

William Bray is one of the veterans in the exhibition Credit: Robin Savage

The war stories of some of the few surviving D-Day veterans will be told at an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford.

It is part of the museum's commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings.

Many of the photos show veterans returning to the exact spot where their stories unfolded in June 1944.

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