LCC to run aviation support body

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THE RUNNING of an organisation which provides support to the county’s various aviation centres, including East Kirkby, has been taken over by Lincolnshire County Council.

Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire (AHL) has been promoting the county’s aviation history for the past three years.

The AHL’s Heritage Lottery Funds will come to an end next spring but the county council has agreed to step in and take over its running to ensure its good work may continue.

Executive member for cultural services at LCC Coun Eddy Poll said: “Aviation is an important part of the Lincolnshire story.

“We have a number of aviation heritage sites across the county, which last year attracted 115,000 visitors, providing a valuable boost to our tourism economy, and this doesn’t even include those visiting the Waddington Air Show. We didn’t want to see all that good work come to an end.

The idea for an integrated approach to aviation heritage was put forward by North Kesteven District Council in 2004. This led to the formation of AHL with support from LCC East and West Lindsey district councils, Visit Lincolnshire, Business Link, Renaissance East Midlands, visitor sites, volunteer groups and the RAF.

Leader of NKDC Coun Marion Brigton said: “We are very proud to have hosted the Aviation Heritage project over the past three years and supported its development and growth.

“Aviation tourism is a major part of the Lincolnshire economy and it is therefore essential that together the partners continue to promote aviation heritage as we have been doing now through the Lottery funding.”

This year is Lincolnshire’s ‘Year of Aviation’ featuring an action packed calendar of aviation themed events taking place across the county.

AHL’s chairman Tim Downing said: “Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire has played a major role in Lincolnshire’s tourism industry and economy over the last three years and now with the support of Lincolnshire County Council we are extremely excited about the future and continuing to promote the rich heritage our wonderful county has to offer.”

For further information on the AHL’s work visit www.aviationheritagelincolnshire.com.