Grand opening celebration set for International Bomber Command Centre and RAF centenary

The much anticipated International Bomber Command Centre will receive a special opening ceremony in April next year as part of the national RAF100 celebrations.

April 12, 2018 will see the IBCC officially open as part of the many occasions that will celebrate the 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force.

Commemorations will run nationally and regionally between April and September 2018 as part of the RAF anniversary.

As reported previously, the International Bomber Command Centre on Canwick Hill is set to open to the public in January 2018.

Work began on the £10 million centre in 2014, providing a prominent memorial and visitor centre.

Chair of the IBCC Trust, Tony Worth CVO, said: “We are delighted that the important contribution that the region has made to the RAF over the last 100 years, and that the service and sacrifice of the men and women of Bomber Command is to be recognised in the RAF100 events programme.

“The IBCC has worked very hard to ensure that the stories and first-hand memories of those involved can be told to promote recognition, remembrance and reconciliation.

“With almost 58,000 names cut into the Memorial, the Centre now provides the only place in the world where all Bomber Command’s losses are honoured.”

The Royal Air Force will celebrate 100 years since the formation on April 1, 2018.

More information about the event and tickets for the opening ceremony will be available on the IBCC’s website in January.