Progress on the historic “On Freedom’s Wings” bomber sculpture off the A46 near Newark
Construction work on a new monument near Newark – which will be larger than the Angel of the North – is underway.
The first steel work for the sculpture of the Lancaster Bomber – called On Freedom’s Wings – began with donations from businesses and the public.
The main construction of the life-size Lancaster Bomber sculpture, which will be built off the A46 near Newark, is to be done by Timmins Engineering, which will undertake work, valued at £ 100,000, free of charge.
They will be helped by MHME, who will make the additional pieces of the sculpture free of charge.
Barratt Steel has also donated £ 10,000 worth of steel, but £ 90,000 is still needed to fund the ever-increasing price of materials.
Ken Sadler, administrator and project manager of the Bomber County Gateway Trust, which initiated the project, said: “Engineering and construction companies have had a scorching time during the pandemic so it has been difficult to get them to work. basically for free, but Timmons stepped forward and they started the job.
“But the price of steel has doubled, which made it even more difficult for us.
“Once people see real progress and sparks, we hope they will come forward and help us fundraise for the rest of the material.
“We’re looking at around £ 90,000 to buy the remaining steel.
“It wouldn’t complete the structure, we would still need goodwill and manpower, but it would put us on the right track. “
Ken said there was no rush to set an end date for the project due to the nature of the work and the circumstances surrounding the pandemic.
“When will this end?” That’s the big question and the honest answer is I don’t know, ”he said.
“I have given end dates so many times and it has been proven wrong every time, but the good news is progress is being made.”
The vision was brought to life by the Bomber County Gateway Trust – a group of Lincolnshire-based enthusiasts whose sole purpose is to fund and build the structure – to mark the historic bond Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire have shared with the RAF Bomber Command during the second world. war.
The design will be built on high ground just off the A46 at Norton Disney.