Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre is top flight attraction

Visitors to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre have voted it one of the best in the country.

The attraction at East Kirkby, which receives 40-45,000 visitors a year, has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award for the second-year running.

TripAdvisor, a global ratings website, only gives such awards to those who receive 4 stars and above from visitors, and who are among the top ten per cent of attractions.

Heritage centre general manager Andrew Panton said the award reflects the hard work his staff put in to make the centre a memorable attraction.

The centre celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, after it was set up by Lincolnshire farmers Fred and Harold Panton in memory of Bomber Command and their older brother Christopher, who was one of five crew killed during an air raid over Germany in 1944.

Andrew, who is Fred’s grandson, says the award follows the centre meeting Visit England standards and visitor numbers increasing 10 per cent a year. Further growth is also expected from celebrations over the D-Day landings and an August visit from a Canadian Lancaster bomber.

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