Lancaster ride is just the ticket for Jim

Jim Avison receives his 'Ticket to Ride' from Museum Director Pam Cowlishaw.  Tony Woodrow, who helped organise the Arnhem event is on the left and Jim's wife is next to him EMN-140917-101011001
Jim Avison receives his 'Ticket to Ride' from Museum Director Pam Cowlishaw. Tony Woodrow, who helped organise the Arnhem event is on the left and Jim's wife is next to him EMN-140917-101011001

The lucky winner of a Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum raffle for a Taxi ride on the East Kirkby Aviation Heritage Centre’s “Just Jane” Lancaster was Jim Avison, who lives in Tattershall Thorpe.

The raffle was run to help raise funds towards the staging of the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle for Arnhem Bridge and £2,478 was raised from the sale of tickets.

The commemoration was to remember the 2,320 parachute troops who were stationed in and around Woodhall Spa in the summer of 1944 and that after nine days of intense fighting at Arnhem, only 435 returned, the rest being either killed or missing.

Jim Avison has links to both Arnhem and the Lancaster as his sister married Eric Glanville, who was one of the survivors of Arnhem and his mother worked in the laundry at Thorpe Camp, which provided facilities for the members of 617 Squadron.

Jim, as a small boy used to watch the Lancasters take off from Woodhall Spa airfield. He said “I am delighted to have won and I am very much looking forward to the ride in the Lancaster.”

Pictured is Jim receiving his ticket from Pam Cowlishaw, Tony Woodrow, and Jim’s wife.