Lincoln City Brings Back the Air Raid Sirens and Dam Busters March

Lincoln City will allow air raid sirens and the march of the Dam Busters to return on game days after a war-related suspension in Ukraine.

The Imps announced in March that they would halt the use of sirens and song at the LNER Stadium for the remainder of the 2021/22 season and would review the matter this summer.

The decision came five weeks after Russia renewed its invasion of Ukraine, with City saying they wanted to “strike an appropriate balance” between their heritage and being “socially conscious and generally good citizens”.

But the League One side have given the green light for both to return for the 2022/23 season.

Lincoln hosts Exeter City on Saturday in the first round of the new season.

A fan-operated air raid siren has been heard over the years at home games when the Imps attack from the corners.

The Dam Busters march was also played, usually as part of pre-game preparation.

Lincolnshire became known as Bomber County for its role in World War II. RAF Scampton, near Lincoln, was the original home of No. 617 Squadron, known as Dam Busters.

The club pledged to ‘continue to show support for the people of Ukraine, including those in our local community, in various ways’ (Steven Paston/PA)

They carried out a night of raids on German roadblocks in 1943 with the aim of disabling Adolf Hitler’s industrial heartland. Their actions were immortalized in the 1955 war film The Dam Busters, the theme of which emerges as a song popular and used by the Imps.

The latest minutes from the Lincoln City Supporters Board of Directors meeting read, “Following discussions, it was agreed to remove the temporary pause on the use of the Dam Busters theme and to communicate with operators. siren that it is up to them to decide if they bring the siren back from home games.

The minutes also stated: “The club will continue to show their support for the people of Ukraine, including those in our local community, in various ways, such as through social media and LED perimeter advertising.”

In 2009, supporters voted for the Dam Busters March to be the club’s anthem in a newspaper and website poll.

A group of club supporters was formed in 2011 and named 617 Squadron, with the aim of enhancing the atmosphere at Lincoln games.

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