In Nanton stands one of the few Lancaster bombers left in the world today. In 1960, Fred Garratt, Howie Armstrong, and myself, purchased this airplane for a tourist attraction to Nanton. With a crew of local helpers and Archie Clark with his 5 ton truck, we hauled it from Vulcan to a site next to the highway in Nanton. It has proved itself tourist wise. Thousands stop each year to view and photograph it.
However, over the years, vandalism and the weather have taken their toll of the bomber. Now, 27 years later, Nanton's citizens are taking action to preserve this antique aircraft. The Lancaster Society was formed last year for that purpose. Several committees are actively working toward the restoration and housing of the Lanc. Help in establishing a fund to save the Bomber has come from the community, service clubs, Legion branches, tourists and all of you who have bought memberships. Due to this support, a lot has been accomplished in one year.
It is our ardent hope that we can preserve and restore the Lancaster, as a tribute and a memorial to the human sacrifice that assured the freedom we have today. To see what has been done to date, come along to the "Open Bomber'' days to be held on May 9 and 10. Go up to the Lanc, you'll become as enthused as we are in our project.