LINCOLNSHIRE County Council is to take on the running of Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire (AHL).
For the past three years AHL has been promoting the county’s aviation history across Lincolnshire and beyond. However, its grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund comes to an end in Spring 2013. Now, the county council has agreed to continue the good work.
Coun Eddy Poll, Executive Member for Cultural Services, 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 Lincolnshire County Council, East and West Lindsey district councils, Visit Lincolnshire, Business Link, Renaissance East Midlands, Visitor Sites, Volunteer groups and the RAF. The county council will maintain this steering-group structure as it moves forward.
2012 is Lincolnshire’s Year of Aviation with a whole series of events planned throughout the year, covering a century of aviation. For further information on the work of Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire, please visit www.aviationheritagelincolnshire.com .