PEOPLE in East Lancashire have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to catch a glimpse of two Lancaster Bombers flying over the region this weekend.

In an historic tour of the UK, VeRA, a bomber owned by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, has flown to England to team up with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster.


The planes are the last two airworthy Lancasters in the world.

Lancasters are perhaps best known for their use in the historic Dambusters raids of 1943, when the RAF’s 617 Squadron used ‘bouncing bombs’ to destroy dams that helped power German industrial plants in Ruhr.

And on Sunday at 3.15pm, while en route from Prestwick in Scotland to RAF Coningsby, the bombers will fly over Thwaites’ Star Brewery in Penny Street, Blackburn, and then on to the firm’s new site at Mellor Brook.

The fly-over is part of the UK tour sponsored by the Blackburn brewery which brews the popular Lancaster Bomber ale.

Steve Magnall, Thwaites’ managing director, said: “We couldn’t be more excited to see VeRA fly over Blackburn.

“It will be very special to see her soar over Lancashire and we hope people in the region will join us in raising a glass in honour of those who gave their lives in the name of our freedom.”