‘Bombs Gone’ as The Yorkshire Bridge Inn commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the Dambusters Raid
30 April 2013 – A memorial service at the Derwent Dam on Thursday 16th May 2013 will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid. There is also great anticipation that a flypast will take place and may include the Lancaster Bomber. The Lancaster was once a familiar sound in the valley as the original Dambusters practised their raids over Derwent Dam prior to their mission to the Ruhr Dams in Germany. Dr Barnes Wallis designed the ‘bouncing’ bombs, and the RAF practised their precise release at a height of 60ft and a speed of exactly 222mph.
The noisy training runs resulted in many furious locals who presumed the crews were just joy-riding. The bombers rattled roof tiles off farmhouses and were blamed for the reduction in egg and milk production!
The Yorkshire Bridge Inn is having a beer festival from the 16th - 19th May to commemorate this significant event. One of their local breweries, Bradfield Brewery, has even developed a commemorative beer exclusively for them called ‘Bombs Gone’, the statement radioed back by the pilots 70 years ago to confirm that they had successfully launched their bombs.
Proprietor of The Yorkshire Bridge Inn, John Illingworth said; ‘’it’s hard to believe that this beautiful part of the Peak District was once associated with one of the most dangerous and daring attacks of the Second World War. Many of our guests visit the fascinating Dams & Dambusters Museum in the West Tower at Derwent Dam where visitors can see video footage and memorabilia of their mission, including a life size bouncing bomb and many items donated by the Dambusters themselves. We are expecting many people will visit the valley over the weekend and we wanted to acknowledge the anniversary in our own way. We are delighted that Bradfield Brewery has been able to develop this special beer for us and we expect it to be extremely popular during the festival’’
The Yorkshire Bridge Inn is just a short stroll from the Ladybower Reservoir and boasts an impressive collection of Dambusters pictures together with images featuring the original construction of the Upper Derwent Dams. The beer festival runs from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th May 2013 inclusive.
The memorial service is by invitation only and full details and timings of the flypast are still to be confirmed. The museum at Derwent Dam is open Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.
For further information on the beer festival, visit www.yorkshire-bridge.co.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01433 651361.