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Members of the Royal Air Force from RAF Waddington are organising a fundraising duck race in Lincoln later this month.

The event held between High Bridge and the foot bridge by the Witch and Wardrobe Pub in Lincoln city centre will take place from 1.30pm on Wednesday, August 25.

Some 3,000 ducks are unloaded into the river. It will be the first duck race since 2019 as COVID put a stop to the 2021 event.

Duck tickets are available at £2 each by emailing [email protected] and all money raised will go to the Royal Air Force Association.

Prizes include £200, a family ticket for the Lincolnshire Aviation Centre and a signed Red Arrows print.

| Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

A Lincoln pub that closed during the coronavirus pandemic could be turned into flats after a planning application was submitted to City of Lincoln Council.

It was announced in January this year that the West End Tap would not reopen again under its current management. Lincoln Tap Pubs Ltd ended their lease agreement in May 2019 for the pub on Newland Street West before local lad Dan Neale reopened the venue in August of that year, but it has since shut down.

Lincs Design Consultancy Ltd submitted a planning application to the city council last month to change the use of the ground floor from a pub and existing upper floor flat to form two maisonettes.

Existing and proposed elevations and floor plans. | Photo: Lincs Design Consultancy Ltd

The demolition of rear outbuildings would facilitate a two storey extension and the erection of one new dwelling.

The planning application was submitted on July 27 this year and is currently being considered by the city council.

When the West End Tap announced it was closing on social media in January this year, a statement read: “Guys, I’m afraid it’s the news that we never wanted to have to announce. Unfortunately, after this lockdown The West End Tap will not be opening again, under our management anyway.

“It’s been a tough year for all of us so gonna try not dwell on the negative. Much love, thanks and endless respect for everyone involved in making the pub what it was over the last year or two.

“Sincerely hope to see you all in the future for a pint in another one of the many great pubs Lincoln has to offer.”

Two lorries have crashed on the A15, with one driver hospitalised as one of the vehicles flipped onto its roof.

The two HGVs, a blue skip loader and a yellow and red heavy tractor artic lorry, collided on the A15 near Waddingham at 11.26am on Tuesday.

The blue skip loader ended up being overturned and is currently blocking the road at both sides.

The driver of the skip loader has been taken to hospital to be assessed, while it is unclear if the other driver has sustained any injuries.

Congestion building up on the A15 near Waddingham after a two-lorry crash. | Photo: Google Maps

Emergency service crews are in attendance, including Fire & Rescue, ambulance and police services.

The A15 is likely to be closed for most of the day, allowing for emergency teams to deal with the incident, and motorists are being asked to find alternative routes.

There is slow-moving traffic on the B1398, one of the diversion routes used to avoid the scene of the crash.

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