September 11, 2019 9.53 am This story is over 27 months old

Bomber sculpture raised to the sky next month

One last segment of funding is needed

The podium steelwork to help make up the Lancaster Bomber statue on the A46 will be erected on site next month.

As previously reported, North Kesteven District Council gave the green light for the plans for the full-size art installation on land at Brills Farm just off the A46 in Norton Disney.

The Bomber County Gateway Trust’s 26 metre long sculpture will be mounted on a steel frame to give the impression it is in flight.

The podium steelwork being fabricated by William Hare Ltd. Photo: Bomber County Gateway Trust

The trust posted a photo of the podium steelwork being fabricated by William Hare Ltd on Tuesday.

The podium was supplied for free by Tata Steel with William Hare Ltd fabricating and delivering it with no charge.

The trust said: “We are planning to erect this on site in October. Please – we need more funds to buy steel for the plane structure, which is being finalised by the engineers right now.”

A Just Giving page was previously set up to try and raise £150,000 to complete the construction of the landmark.

So far, around £140,000 has been raised, including £6,721 directly to the current fundraising page at the time of writing – people can donate here. Another fundraising page raised £17,777.

A fundraising dinner and auction with a painting signed by the last Dambuster George ‘Johnny’ Johnson raised £25,000.

Much of the works have been donated or supplied at cost price by local firms, with some companies donating their work skills for free.

Work began on the excavations and foundations for the project in November 2018.

Over 1,000 tonnes of concrete was poured for the foundations of the sculpture in December last year before work stalled until the spring.

Hi Vis-ion Ltd recorded the above video footage of the works from Monday, December 10.

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