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Museum of RAF Fire Fighting cancels opening


The Museum of RAF Fire Fighting is unable to proceed with its planned official opening, which was due to take place on 4 May 2018 at its newly acquired home at North Warren Road in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.

Due to the continued expansion of the Hexadex Group, it has been necessary for the company to re-acquire the site for business purposes. Regretfully the museum — which had previously been housed at RAF Scampton, and is the sole collection focusing on all Ministry of Defence fire services — will have to vacate North Warren Road by the end of September 2018.

“Everyone connected with the museum is shocked and devastated at losing this facility”, it said in a statement, “and wish to acknowledge the continued support of West Lindsey District Council, the local community and the Hexadex Group in developing the museum thus far. The museum team was looking forward to renewing and establishing new relationships with the local community, visitors, clubs and societies.

“The museum continues to work hand-in-hand with a number of local councils, heritage networks and armed forces veterans groups in order to achieve its aim of finding a permanent residence to house a unique collection which has often been described as being of national importance. The dedicated team of volunteers won’t give up on their quest to find a permanent location for this popular visitor attraction.

“With this year being the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force, and the 75th anniversary of the RAF Fire Service, we hope that the museum will remain in The Bomber County of Lincolnshire. If you know of a location suitable to house the collection, then please contact the museum urgently. We will consider every option!”

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