Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Maroon tulips bloom to honour airborne forces

Eye-catching maroon tulips are blooming to honour South Kesteven’s WW2 links with the Parachute Regiment for the 80th anniversary of Arnhem.

The tulips are at locations linked to WW2 paratroopers as part of a growing international trail of Airborne Tulip Memorials.

South Kesteven District Council funded 1,000 tulips from Holland to commemorate a unique chapter in the district’s military heritage.

The trail honours men of the British 1st Airborne Division, many of whom were billeted and trained locally before flying from airfields at Barkston Heath and Saltby for Operation Market Garden – the battle of Arnhem – in September 1944.

Tulips colour-matching the distinctive beret worn by British airborne forces are SKDC’s tribute to the bravery of thousands of troops engaged in the battle for the bridges in the Netherlands.

Cllr Richard Dixon-Warren, SKDC Armed Forces Champion, said: “We have a unique local heritage of hosting and training airborne forces here for the biggest ever wartime airlift of troops and equipment to Arnhem.

“Seeing these tulips bloom in their honour is our tribute to their bravery and sacrifice.”

Cheshire man Darren Key, whose grandfather fought at Arnhem, worked with gardener Caroline Frost, Col Frost’s daughter, to choose the maroon Attila Graffiti tulip variety for its colour. He started the memorial trail in the Netherlands last year at sites around Arnhem.

Tulips are blooming at:

  • St Vincent’s Church, Caythorpe: a shrine to airborne forces
  • Easton Walled Gardens: Easton Hall housed 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment troops under Lt Col John Frost
  • Harlaxton Manor: Airborne forces links are commemorated with a large courtyard plaque of the 1st Airborne Division
  • RAF Saltby: the WW2 departure airfield for thousands of allied troops
  • St Andrew and Mary’s Church, Stoke Rochford: place of worship for 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment
  • Fulbeck Manor: accommodation for British 1st Airborne Division Commander Maj Gen Roy Urquhart
  • Fulbeck Craft Workshops: former workshops for British 1st Airborne Division
  • Grimsthorpe Castle: HQ for the 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment

 

Image credit: Stock.adobe.com/Volodymyr

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 pandemic 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.

Advertisment












Latest posts

Margaret marks 30 years as a school crossing patrol

Pupils, teachers, parents and pedestrians have joined North Lincolnshire Council in thanking school crossing patrol Margaret Long, who last month chalked up 30 years...

A triumphant opening weekend for ‘Live at Lincoln Castle Concerts’!

An exuberant crowd of 10,000 concert goers filled the grounds of the historic Lincoln Castle this weekend for the opening of the much-anticipated Live...

Classic Ibiza reveals full orchestral set ahead of sold-out Burghley House return

With Classic Ibiza’s sold-out return to Burghley House near Stamford on Saturday 27 July just over a month away, the concert organisers have revealed...

Moving house in Lincolnshire: a quick start guide

At the beginning of 2024, the average house price across the whole of the UK was around the £280,000 mark - shocking considering that...

Free family fun coming to Sutton-on-Sea

Sutton-on-Sea is all set for a busy summer of free family events and activities, as part of the South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership's...

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.

Close