Lincolnshire Bomber Command memorial gets £200,000 grant
A memorial to World War Two RAF Bomber Command crews has been given a £200,000 grant to launch a fundraising campaign.
The International Bomber Command Centre centre at Canwick Hill, near Lincoln, needs £3m to build a visitors centre.
North Kesteven District Council has given the trust running the centre the money to help with its fundraising.
The project includes a 31m (102ft) high memorial spire, a peace garden and the proposed main visitor building and exhibition centre.
The centre has received more than £3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund to fit out and pay for exhibits in the planned centre.
The trust is now seeking donations to pay for the cost of constructing the building.
During World War Two a third of the UK's bomber bases were based in Lincolnshire. More than 55,000 service personnel were killed in action.