Enthusiasts Want to Build a Full Size Lancaster Bomber to Deliver a Poppy Payload

By Gary Cutlack on at

A group of people with an interest in military hardware and remembering things would like to build a statue for other people to notice from their cars, with the Bomber Gateway Trust seeking permission from the council to build what they hope might be a new national symbol similar to the slightly more artistic Angel of The North.

The idea calls for the building of a 1:1 scale Lancaster bomber, which would scare off any passing elderly German tourists and could also be adapted to appear to bomb-out poppies each Remembrance Day. That's a bit of a mixed metaphor, but we suppose it shows someone's heart is in the right place. The plan to build the bomber next to the A46 where it borders Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire were to go before North Kesteven District Council today, but that's been delayed until later in the month -- although the trust says it's had a great meeting with planners and believes the go-ahead will be given at the next planning meet in three weeks' time.

Oh and they, er, could do with some money please, as even though this one won't have engines or internal components or bombs there's still the matter of about £35,000 worth of metal being needed to start construction. Hence a JustGiving page. [Bomber Gateway Trust via BBC]