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Funeral for Bomber Command veteran

Donald Nicholson

The funeral is being held today for Bomber Command veteran Donald Nicholson. The 93-year-old sparked a national search for his war medals last year after losing them ahead of the opening ceremony of Lincoln's new Bomber Command memorial spire.

They were eventually found just a few yards from his home. And shortly afterwards Mr Nicholson was treated to a special flypast at the memorial spire.


Bomber Command veterans in Metheringham reunion

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A special reunion has been held in Lincolnshire today for a group of World War Two veterans who were part of the famous 106 Squadron within Bomber Command.

The veterans, some of whom are now in their 90s, were attending an event at a former airbase in Metheringham - now a visitor centre where two new rooms displaying wartime artefacts were officially opened.

Kate Hemingway reports:

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.


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

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