East Kirkby

A Lincolnshire museum dedicated to the aviation history of Lincolnshire wants to give its guests a VIP experience with an expansion and refurbishment of its facilities.

East Kirkby Aviation Centre is the base of operations for restoration of the NX611 “Just Jane” Lancaster – an historic vehicle of which there are currently only two fully airworthy models in the world.

The museum offers taxi rides to guests in the airplane and plans submitted to East Lindsey District Council are asking for it to be able to create a new VIP suite for those guests.

Described as an “entertainment lounge” in the application, it will offer visitors who take part in the taxi rides a place to relax and have lunch.

The works will also see the museum replace its kitchen and office facilities and improve the access through its reception and shop areas.

Documents before ELDC said: “The applicant hopes that the proposal is seen to both enhance and improve the facilities offered to the public while making the working conditions for the staff in the kitchen and offices better.”

The documents note that the museum can get “congested” on special function days and it is hoped the improvements will enable the facility to “satisfy demand well into the future”.

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Thousands of car and aviation enthusiasts have attended the seventh Props and Pistons event in Lincolnshire over the bank holiday

The show at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre in East Kirkby took place on Monday, August 28, with visitors from all across the region enjoying the displays and scorching hot weather.

Luxury cars such as Ferraris, Bentleys and Porsches were complemented by flypasts from a Spitfire.

The event raised money for blood cancer charity Bloodwise, with organisers having raised over £12,000 in the last six years.

Aviation and car enthusiasts will once again be treated to a Bank Holiday to remember at the seventh Props and Pistons event in Lincolnshire.

The show at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre in East Kirkby takes place on Monday, August 28, and will see flypasts from a Spitfire, Lancaster Bomber and Hurricane, as well as a classic Jaguar XJ220 featuring for the first time.

Luxury cars such as Ferraris, Bentleys and Porsches are once again expected to draw in the crowds, with new arrivals such as Delorean, Aston Martin DB5 and BMW M4 DTM German touring car also confirmed.

A Bristol Blenheim and Mosquito will appear for the first time, the latter being restored after its recent move.

Between 4,000 and 5,000 people are predicted to attend the event, which is raising money for blood cancer charity Bloodwise.

Over the last six years, organisers have raised £12,000 for the charity.

Bridgestone will also bring its award winning DriveGuard tyre to life via a specially artworked car, which will show off how motorists can drive at speeds up to 50mph, for 50 miles, following a puncture.

The tyre company’s new all-terrain AT001 will also be unveiled.

Other giveaways will be up for grabs during the day.

Organisers Bush Tyres, Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire’s leading independent tyre specialist, said: “This will be our seventh Props and Pistons event and we can safely say we have our most impressive collection of cars and planes yet.

“We keep growing and improving each year and as an attraction, in an attempt to make it the best in the area and an event that all the family can really look forward to.

“Over the past six years, we have managed to raise £12,000 for Bloodwise and all proceeds from this event will go towards this worthy cause.

“We want to raise as much as possible for the charity so hopefully the weather stays fair and a great number of people come along.”

Bridgestone’s key accounts manager Sam Allatt said: “Bush Tyres is one of our most valued customers and we know how important Props and Pistons is on their calendar.

“The event provides an invaluable platform to showcase our portfolio of products including DriveGuard, which allows motorists to drive for up to 50 miles at speeds up to 50mph following a puncture.

“We hope that families will be interested in the technology, so it is a great opportunity for us to be at the show.”

More information on the event can be found on the Bush Tyres’ website.

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