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Thwaites backs Lancaster bomber trans-Atlantic flight

Monday June 9, 2014 at 2:20pm
Blackburn-based brewer Daniel Thwaites is the headline sponsor of a landmark trip which will see Canada’s only airworthy Lancaster Bomber fly to the UK as part of a month-long commemorative tour – and fans of Thwaites’ Lancaster Bomber beer are being offered the chance to win a flight in the historic aircraft. Lancaster Bomber is partnering Canada’s Warplane Heritage Museum to offer four winners the chance to experience a flight in a Lancaster. The prize is part of Thwaites’ Lancaster Bomber’s hugely successful ‘Give a Dam’ campaign, which donates 5p from every sale to the Leonard Cheshire Disability Charity and was launched to commemorate last year’s 70th anniversary of the legendary Dambusters raid. The Avro Lancaster Bomber will depart from its base in Ontario on August 4 2014, bound for RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. The 3,700 mile journey, which is set to be completed over four days, will include en-route stops at Goose Bay, Canada, Narsarsuaq, Greenland, and Keflavik, Iceland. The aircraft – an enduring symbol of World War II – will feature at a host of high-profile air shows across the UK including Eastbourne, Bournemouth and Shoreham, where it will be united with the RAF’s only remaining airworthy Lancaster Bomber. The pair will return to the skies under the watchful glare of the world’s media, in an aviation partnership which is unlikely to be seen again. Steve Magnall, managing director of Thwaites, says: “We are extremely honoured to sponsor Canada’s Avro Lancaster Bomber as it makes its historic journey to the UK this summer. We couldn’t pass up this incredible opportunity to help unite the world’s last two remaining airworthy Bombers and the sight of these two majestic aircraft will leave a lasting impression on those who are lucky enough to witness them flying together, right here in the UK, for the very last time.” He adds: “We’re thrilled that Lancaster Bomber will be able to build on the success of its 2013 campaign, in which we donated over £30,000 to Leonard Cheshire Disability.”
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