Staff at East Lindsey District Council have been praised for their swift response to the collapse of the Dambusters Memorial in Woodhall Spa.
Business owners were stunned when they arrived at work last Wednesday morning to discover the centre of the famous memorial had collapsed overnight.
Janet Hunt, owner of Janet’s Tea Rooms, was one of the first people on the scene.
She spotted rubble and two sizeable concrete sections which had slid off the memorial.
Mrs Hunt quickly contacted the local fire brigade who - together with police - cordoned off the area.
ELDC were quickly on the scene and repair work started ahead of an important commemoration service at the memorial on May 16 and 17.
Mrs Hunt said: “I couldn’t believe it when I looked across tat the Memorial. The centre of it appeared to be missing.
“It was a shock. The memorial is very popular - and an important part of Woodhall Spa.”
Ward district councillor Craig Leyland visited the site and pledged everything would be done to repair the memorial in time for the commemorations.
It is understood vandalism was quickly ruled out. It is more likely the damage was caused by water seeping into the back of the memorial which was erected in the late 1980’s. Actor Richard Todd - who starred in the film ‘The Dambusters’ attended the opening.