A Lancaster Bomber flyover which was due to take place over Sheffield today has been cancelled after the historic plane’s engine caught fire.
The plane, one of only two Lancaster Bombers still flying in the world and the only one left in Britain, was involved in a fire while in the air on Thursday.
It will no longer be flying over the skies of Sheffield today as part of the 70th anniversary of VE Day, which marks the end of World War Two seven decades ago in 1945.
A statement by Sheffield Cathedral, which is organising some of the celebrations, said: “We have just been notified by the BBMF that the Lancaster will not be able to perform its flypast over Sheffield Cathedral on Saturday due to an engine fire on Thursday. We are pleased to report that the crew and aircraft landed safely and that the damage is reparable.
“We regret any disappointment this may cause, however we will be rescheduling the flypast for a later date and the BBMF crew have wished us every success for our VE Day Living History event.”
But the VE Day celebrations continued despite the lack of the Bomber. From 11am to 4pm there was a 1940s themed living history event at the Cathedral.
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There will be displays, vehicles, home front and military re-enactors and children’s activities outside and inside the Cathedral.
A swing band will play 1940s music and the event will be free to enter.
John Mothersole, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council, said: “The 70th anniversary of the Second World War in Europe is such a significant milestone in our history that we wanted to do something to mark the occasion in Sheffield. The city siren will be sounded at 3pm on Friday followed by a two minute silence at Barker’s Pool.
“We hope to see as many people as possible join us to commemorate the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces, Land Girls and civilians who contributed to the war effort back home in Sheffield. As well as remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom it’s a chance to celebrate the day the war came to an end.”