Having just discovered the letsdrawsherlock blog and their current culture swap project, I figured I’d give it a go. Although I live in England, Lincolnshire culture is rather different to the one Sherlock lives in. He’s probably never heard anything about Lincolnshire - not many people have, even though we have a very rich and diverse history. And we produce like a third of the entire country’s food. But before I come over all proud Yellowbelly, here’s why I chose to draw Sherlock as an RAF pilot:
The RAF is very significant in Lincolnshire, and it has been and still is a great source of pride for us Yellowbellies. Heard of the Red Arrows? What about Dambusters from WWII? Both based in Lincolnshire. But those are just the most famous ones. There are loads and loads of RAF bases in Lincolnshire, and as a result, many many RAF families, so it seemed logical that someone like Sherlock would be in the RAF. I personally am not from an RAF family, but there are many of them in Lincolnshire. Including Mi’s. And as the resident RAF/military expert, here’s a brief history of the RAF in Lincolnshire by Mi herself:
Lincolnshire has a long history of being an important county for the military, with the RAF now being a major source of employment in the county.
We have RAF Coningsby which is home to one of only two airworthy Avro Lancasters, while the ex-RAF base at East Kirkby, which is now a museum, houses one of fifteen other Avro Lancasters and regularly taxis the giant down the old runway.
Lincolnshire is also home to RAF College Cranwell where, as well as many cadets, those members of the Royal family who choose to go into service life learn to fly here. Princes William and Harry have both trained here in my lifetime.
Another couple of notable RAF bases in the county are RAF Scampton, which is home to the famous Red Arrows Display Team, and RAF Waddington, which is known for it’s annual air display.
Mi and Gee x