Last lancasters fly-by

Published on: 03 Sep 2014

Brockhole, on the shores of Windermere, will be turning back the clock in a day inspired by Britain's last surviving Bomber Command veteran, Archie Johnstone, who sadly died in April.

He would have been 100 on 7 September and Brockhole manager, Neil Manning, said the day would be a fitting tribute to a brave man and remarkable service.

He added: "Everything is in place for the two remaining airborne Lancasters to fly by the centre, which Archie, who lived in Grange, liked to visit.

"He was part of the legendary 617 Squadron's raid which took out the feared Tirpitz battleship in a daring raid over Norwegian fjords in 1944.

"We are proud and privileged to be honouring him on Sunday. This is a big day for us and we are pulling out the stops.

"There will even be a wartime lawn where the main displays will take place. Everything is crossed for good enough weather conditions for the iconic aeroplanes to fly.

"This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us and the crowds of visitors we are expecting."

A special park and ride scheme from The Lakes School will operate from 10 to 5 and visitors are also advised to arrive by boat from Waterhead and Bowness departure points.

The Lancasters are expected to arrive at 14.50.

Please check to see if there are any last minute changes to the flight schedule.

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