Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Bomber Command to unveil community poppy sculpture this Friday

This Friday, a community poppy sculpture will be unveiled at the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) in Lincoln.

The sculpture, a joint project between the IBCC and the Little Pottery Studio in Lincoln, has received support from a wide range of Lincolnshire businesses and community groups.

This support has enabled groups of children, students, RAF families, local residents and veterans to be involved in hand crafting ceramic poppies.

The 1,600 poppies have been placed on a 3m x 2.5m steel column that will be sited in front of the Chadwick Centre at the IBCC. The project has involved nearly 1,000 people and has taken 2,059 hours to produce.

The sculpture will sit in a newly commissioned flowerbed holding over 6,000 bulbs including 1,800 Liberation Tulips. These tulips were commissioned by the Government of the Netherlands in 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of Operation Manna.

This operation saved the lives of nearly a million Dutch civilians who were starving after one of the worst winters in history and the annexation of the West of the Netherlands as a reprisal for Dutch support of Operation Market Garden.  Over 20,000 people had already perished during the ‘Hongerwinter’.

Next year sees the 75th anniversary of both Operation Manna and VE Day. This new installation will be a focus for both celebrations and deliver the IBCC’s themes of Recognition, Remembrance and Reconciliation.

Also on the morning of Friday 8 November, some 600 children from 11 local primary schools will be joining the IBCC team for the annual Children’s Service of Remembrance.

The schools are designing their own wreaths as part of their Remembrance learning and are also taking part in a poetry competition with the winners reading their poems as part of the Service

The Children will then place poppies in the Memorial Walls, learning about those they are marking with the help of specially created biographies incorporating pictures of the fallen.  These biographies have taken a team of 40 volunteers 3 years to create.

This year the children will also be given white poppies to symbolise peace and remember the civilian casualties of the conflicts. This links strongly with the IBCC’s policy of relating an Orchestra of Voices for those who served, supported and suffered during WW2.

This year the schools’ travel is being supported through the Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire Schools programme enabling the schools to cover all transport costs. The AHL team will be attending the service.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our news site - please take a moment to read this important message:

As you know, our aim is to bring you, the reader, an editorially led news site and magazine but journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them.

With the Covid-19 lockdown having a major impact on our industry as a whole, the advertising revenues we normally receive, which helps us cover the cost of our journalists and this website, have been drastically affected.

As such we need your help. If you can support our news sites/magazines with either a small donation of even £1, or a subscription to our magazine, which costs just £27.55 per year, (inc p&P and mailed direct to your door) your generosity will help us weather the storm and continue in our quest to deliver quality journalism.

As a subscriber, you will have unlimited access to our web site and magazine. You'll also be offered VIP invitations to our events, preferential rates to all our awards and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Just click here to subscribe and in the meantime may I wish you the very best.


Latest posts

Works started to restore 19th century Grimsby chapel

Works have started to repair and restore a 19th century chapel in the grounds of the cemetery in Grimsby. The Grade II listed chapel buildings were...

New state of the art visitor centre a step closer for Lincoln Cathedral

Another major phase of works to Lincoln Cathedral as part of the £16.5m Connected project, of which £12.4m is funded by The National Lottery,...

Pandemic leads to cancellation of Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show

After careful consideration, the Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society (NNAS) are cancelling The Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show. The two-day show, which was due...

University of Lincoln research predicts digital future for law firm

Students participating in the University of Lincoln’s Graduate Skills Builder programme have recently submitted a report following a market research project to a regional...

Coastal towns receive cash injection

The Government has announced that Mablethorpe and Skegness will receive additional funding through the Towns Fund scheme as it looks to kickstart the economy...

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.