Interesting award for airfield to enjoy

Phil Bonner (centre) presents the Visit England Rose to Anne Law (left) and Shirley Green (right).

Phil Bonner (centre) presents the Visit England Rose to Anne Law (left) and Shirley Green (right).

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THE area looks set to get a tourism boost after Wickenby Airfield was officially recognised as top tourist attraction.

The Second World War airfield – which now has a museum, tea room and archive of everyone who served at the base – has been awarded a Visit England Rose by the English Tourist Board.

This means the airfield – run by volunteers and funded by donations – will now be promoted by the tourist board and will feature on its website and in its brochures.

Wickenby Airfield was put forward for the award by Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage because it felt the site needed some recognition. A mystery shopper then visited the airfield and was impressed by the facilities.

Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire aviation development officer Phil Bonner said: “When people see the Visit England Rose they know there is something good to see. It will really boost tourism in the area.”

At the moment around 2,000 people visit Wickenby Airfield every year.

Wickenby Airfield’s volunteer curator, Anne Law, said: “Until a few years ago visitors were few and far between, but that’s not the case now.

“It’s such a big thing for us to recognised as a tourist destination – it will raise our profile and put Wickenby on the map.”