“To have the Lancaster Bomber at the event is important for a range of reasons. One of those is that this year will see the last local operational RAF Squadron moving out of the town at the end of this year.”
The Lanc, as it was affectionately known, became one of the more famous and most successful of the Second World War night bombers, delivering 608,612 long tons of bombs in 156,000 sorties.
Mr. Elvidge is keen to ensure that this year people take time to reflect of other conflict spanning back 600 years that have key historical interest, he said;
“It would be easy this year to get caught up in other events that are taking place and forget that in 2015 there are some very important moments, events in our history that I believe we should commemorate together as a community.”
The Battle of Agincourt, 15 October 1415, The Battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815, The Gallipoli Campaign, 25 April 1915 to 9 January 1916, The Dunkirk Evacuation , 27 May to 4 June 1940 and VE Day, 8 May 1945 all have key anniversaries in 2015.
Mr Elvidge added;
“These events changed the course of our history and indeed many had worldwide implications for the future of civilization as we now know it.”
“I would welcome any comments, suggestions maybe other things that people would like to acknowledge at this year’s event, and also invited anyone who is able to offer sponsorship to get in touch.”