The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) will be holding the official opening ceremony, as part of the national RAF100 event programme, on Thursday 12th April 2018.
Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice-Marshal Mike Wigston CBE, who chairs the RAF100 Committee, says:
“This will provide a fitting tribute to the pivotal contribution and sacrifice of Bomber Command during the Second World War, and will also allow us to recognise the tremendous support the Royal Air Force has received throughout our history from the East Midlands, and the ‘Bomber County’ of Lincolnshire in particular.”
Director of the project, Nicky Barr says
“We are delighted that the important contribution that the region has made to the RAF over the last 100 years, and that the service and sacrifice of the men and women of Bomber Command is to be recognised in the RAF100 events programme. The IBCC has worked very hard to ensure that the stories and first-hand memories of those involved can be told to promote recognition, remembrance and reconciliation. With almost 58,000 names cut into the Memorial, the Centre now provides the only place in the world where all Bomber Command’s losses are honoured”
"We are very excited to announce that the formal Ceremonial Opening Day has been split into two parts: the first the official ceremony, which is by invitation only, and the evening event which is a concert including performances from the Invictus Choir, the IBCC Community Orchestra, Lincoln Cathedral Choir, 40’s singer Heather Marie, folk singer John McAllister and excerpts from the brand-new musical, The Navigator."
The concert is ticketed, and tickets will be available to purchase through the web site following link HERE
The demand for invitations to the Ceremony is going to outstrip the safe capacity for the site and so the IBCC have tried to look at the fairest way of allocating these amongst the Bomber Command Community. All veterans and IBCC Members will automatically receive their invitations in mid-February. All other spaces will be filled by families with a Bomber Command connection.
To apply for an invitation please click on the following link HERE
If your application is successful you will be sent a further link to complete a registration. This process is vital as they will need these details for security. No guests will be able to gain access to the site without having completed this registration process and bringing the confirmation to the event with a copy of their photo ID which they used at registration.
Source - IBCC Newsletter
The IBCC serves as a point for recognition, remembrance and reconciliation for those who served, supported or suffered the bombing campaigns during the Second World War. Providing one of the most comprehensive records of the Command in the world, the IBCC ensures that generations to come can learn of their vital role in protecting the freedom we enjoy today.