RAF100 wings trails a flying success

Thousands of people came to celebrate the RAF’s centenary by walking or cycling their way across Lincoln throughout the summer.

The 100 Voices trails included four walking and four cycling trails, each marked by statues of the iconic RAF aircraft wings, which told the stories of both military and civilian men and women who had experienced service life first hand.

The trails were organised by Lincoln BIG and Visit Lincoln as part of a number of centenary celebrations in the city and ‘bomber county’.

Lincoln BIG’s RAF100 weekend, which included the popular 1940s weekend, was also a huge success attracting 50,000 visitors.

Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “A phenomenal 70,000 leaflets were given out and the Trails were also promoted on the 100 voices pages.”

“Online statistics revealed that 35,000 visits were made to Visit Lincoln’s trail pages. The popular routes according to the website’s findings were Proctor Trail, the Lancaster Trail and the Hawk Trail.”

The website also found that 59% of visitors to the trails came from outside of Lincoln such as Nottingham, Grimsby and London.

Mary Burton, a visitor from Nottingham, said: “I spent a couple of days in Lincoln, especially to do the Hawk and Spitfire trails.

“The idea of setting up the trails was a brilliant one and I really enjoyed doing them, especially as I got to explore lots of places in Lincoln for the first time too.”