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Lincoln Castle poppy-inspired exhibit installed at air museum

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A new poppy-themed commemoration entitled ‘Weeping Lancaster’ has been added to the artefact display in Lancaster Corner at Newark Air Museum.

‘Weeping Lancaster’ features a stream of poppies that have been added to the floor of the Lancaster fuselage section from IX(B) Squadron Lancaster W4964, WS-J that was donated to Newark in 1974.

These complement the recently added air gunner figure and will form a fitting reminder of the aircrew that trained at RAF Winthorpe during World War II.

Photo: Howard Heeley, Down To Earth Promotions

Photo: Howard Heeley, Down To Earth Promotions

The inspiration for this commemoration came from the various poppy displays around the country including the recent one at Lincoln Castle.

The poppies were installed in the Lancaster fuselage section by Nigel and Jude Bean.

The fuselage section is of major significance to the history of Bomber Command as it came from Lancaster W4964, that flew 106 Operations.

Howard Heeley, museum trustee, said: “The museum trustees hope that visitors to its forthcoming open cockpit session during the school half-term holidays will make an effort to go along to Display Hangar One to view this moving tribute to former RAF aircrew members.”

Ticket prices start at £4.50 for children and £8.50 for adults. For more information visit the website.