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Lincoln City Imps to halt playing Dam Busters march as war rages in Ukraine

Lincoln City FC has halted playing its theme tune The Dam Busters March as war continues in Ukraine.

The first division club has played the theme from the 1955 film about the Dam Busters for decades.

The RAF 617 Squadron that carried out the raids is based near the City ground at Sincil Bank.

Lincolnshire was known at the Bomber County during WW11

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Apart from the theme music the Sincil Bank club also wound up an air raid siren for each corner the Imps won.

Liam Scully, City’s chief executive said neither would be used for the rest of the season.

However, the matter will be reviewed in the summer.

He acknowledged the position was “not flawless and may polarise views”.

Mr Scully, wrote:

“At the most recent supporters’ board meeting we discussed at length the merits of the air raid sirens we hear before corners at the LNER Stadium and the use of the Dam Busters March, which we play in the build-up to games, in the context of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

“As a club we are very aware of our heritage and wish to ensure we strike an appropriate balance between our long-standing synonymous gestures and actions, along with being socially aware and generally good citizens.

“The supporters’ board and I discussed the topic and we collectively concluded it would be appropriate to temporarily suspend the use of the sirens and for the club to stop playing the Dam Busters March for the rest of this season.

“I’m sure everyone has their own opinions on this matter, and I fully accept our position is not flawless.

“While I understand this decision may polarise views, could I expressly comment that it is not our intention to divide.

“In the spirit that this decision was made, please could I ask for your support and backing with this conclusion, which was a very challenging matter to navigate?

“Can I be clear that there is a commitment to reviewing this decision in the close season and we will communicate further on this matter following our summer review.”

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