Bomber Command memorial spire installed in Lincoln

International Bomber Command Centre Memorial
Image caption The spire is in line of sight with Lincoln Cathedral, which was used as a landmark for air crews during missions

A 98ft (30m) high metal spire has been erected at the site of a memorial for World War Two aircrews.

The structure is the first stage of a project to build a visitor centre and memorial in Canwick Hill, Lincoln, to commemorate the 55,500 servicemen who died serving Bomber Command.

The 55 tonne spire, made of weathered steel, was installed on Sunday.

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Media captionThe project will also see a peace garden and education centre

Chair of trustees for the International Bomber Command centre said it was a "significant moment".

Tony Worth said: "It is a major step forward because it is providing a visible sign that we are serious about this project.

"We will actually get something that people can see and show this is really going to happen."

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Image caption The design is based on the layout of a Lancaster bomber

The spire, which will stand higher than the Angel of North, has been made by a North Yorkshire company.

The project will also see a peace garden and walls installed with the names of all the servicemen.

Lincolnshire earned the title Bomber County because a third of all the UK's stations were based there.

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