Airport boost for museum with Lancaster visit donation

06/10/2014

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Lancaster bomber now safely back at its base in Ontario following a summer tour of the UK and its hugely successful visit to Durham Tees Valley Airport.

It’s been revealed that proceeds from the event will make a significant contribution to the museum and safeguarding the future of the aircraft – one of only two left flying in the world.

Durham Tees Valley Airport Manager Shaun Woods, who led the organising of the Lancaster visit on August 28th, says that, once all the costs of staging the event have been taken into account, a donation of over £1,500 is being sent to the warplane museum.

He explains:

With our history as a wartime base for Royal Canadian Air Force flyers, many of whom gave their lives, the visit to Durham Tees Valley was, without doubt one of the most important – and emotional events during the Lancaster tour, for the aircraft’s crew and support team, for the many veterans who attended and for the thousands of people who were lucky enough to be there.

We really had only a few weeks to prepare for such a massive event, but we were enormously grateful for the support we received from all those connected with the aircraft and the museum so I’m delighted that we are able to make this donation in recognition of their efforts to ensure that the Lancaster keeps flying as a reminder of the bravery of those whose sacrifices helped to defend the freedoms we all enjoy today.


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