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Time flies for Lincoln skyline's newest addition

There is a new addition to Lincoln's skyline - a 31 meter tall spire to commemorate the city's connection with bomber command during World War Two.

It will become the focus point of a peace garden - surrounded by memorial walls eventually bearing the names of more than 55,000 who lost their lives during the conflict.

Watch this time lapse footage - courtesy of Place Architecture/Epix Media -and see the spire go up.

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Going up: Lincoln's Bomber Command Memorial Spire

Police escort for the spire Credit: Kate Hemingway

The huge task of erecting Lincoln's Memorial Spire - to honour the thousands of aircrew who served with Bomber Command and didn't come home - is underway.

The 31-meter spire is the first significant and visible development in the building of the new International Bomber Command Centre in Canwick Hill. It arrived on site early this morning on the back of two low loaders with a full police escort - and waved on its way by the people of Lincoln.

Spire will stand 31 meters tall Credit: kate Hemingway

The Memorial Spire's design is based on two wing fragments, tapering as they rise towards the sky and echoes the Spires that form part of Lincolnshire's skyline. The height of the memorial is 102ft (31.09m), which is the wingspan of the Avro Lancaster; the width at the base is 16ft (5m), which is the overall width of a Lancaster wing. It will take the engineers approximately six hours to erect the Spire. The following weeks will be spent carrying out site welding and finessing, with the Spire due to be completed in late May.

Once finished, it will also be surrounded by memorial walls in a peace garden - which will bear the names of more than 55 thousand men who lost their lives in Bomber Command

Arriving on site

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Bomber Command survivor's tale preserved for future generations

Work will begin tomorrow on the home of a new memorial in Lincoln to more than 25,000 airmen from Bomber Command who lost their lives in World War Two.

Veterans will be at a ceremony on Canwick Hill - as building work gets underway. Among them will be a 95-year-old veteran, who not only swam the channel to escape occupied France, but who also survived his Lancaster Bomber being blown up. Michael Billington's been to meet him.

Bomber Command memorial vandalised for a second time

A war memorial to honour members of RAF Bomber Command has been vandalised for a second time. The memorial in central London was targeted last week. It's now been daubed in graffiti.

We are extremely disappointed and saddened that the Bomber Command Memorial has once again been subjected to vandalism. Work is currently under way to remove the graffiti."

– RAF Benevolent Fund

The Bomber Command Memorial remembers the sacrifice and bravery of the 55,573 RAF crew who lost their lives in the Second World War and was unveiled by the Queen last summer.

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