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Museum Of RAF Firefighting Finds New Home

The new space is an empty car showroom around 50 miles from the museum’s current home in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.

A museum showcasing the work of Royal Air Force firefighters has found a new home just before its current lease was due to expire.

A car dealership in Lincolnshire offered its empty showroom to the Museum of RAF Firefighting as a temporary home for its collection.

The showroom at Thurlby Motors, in Thurlby, near Alford, is around 50 miles from the museum's current home in Scunthorpe.

An initial six-month lease has been agreed, the museum announced on its website.

The museum expressed its "sincere gratitude" to Thurlby Motors and announced it hopes to reopen by Easter 2021.

In a statement, the museum said: "There is a mammoth task ahead for the trustees as they work to secure funding in order to rent or buy the site from Thurlby Motors, but this could be the first step in finding a permanent home for the collection.

"More details and photographs will appear on a regular basis, but we urge you all to get behind this project and help us to realise our dream."

WATCH: Forces News visited the museum last year.

The Museum of RAF Firefighting said it needed a warehoused-sized building or an empty aircraft hangar to enable them to park all their vehicles - some dating back to the 1940s - as they would deteriorate quickly if they were left outside.

It is thought to be the largest collection of fire memorabilia in the country.

More than 40 volunteers look after the collection in Lincolnshire – many former service personnel.