08.04.2015 -

Rase Distribution pays homage home of the Magna Carta

A Lincoln-based logistics firm has gone the extra mile to celebrate the completion of the new visitor centre in Lincoln Castle. 

Rase Distribution, based at Wickenby Airfield and part of Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest growing express delivery network for palletised freight,  has taken delivery of two curtainside trailers which proudly boast commemorative livery depicting Lincoln. Images include the Cathedral, which formerly housed a copy of the Magna Carta which this year celebrates the 800th anniversary of the document’s sealing by King John, along with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which also has strong heritage links to the city.

Geoff Hill, managing director at Rase Distribution, said: “My parents founded the business in 1967, although our heritage can be traced back as far as 1865, so we are very much rooted in Lincolnshire. 

“Rase headquarters is on a World War II RAF base where 12 Squadron and 626 Squadron were stationed and that’s the reason why the livery references the Battle of Britain Flight.

“Now the visitor centre – the new home for the Magna Carta - is complete, we felt the time was right to tell the rest of the UK how fantastic we think this city is. As vehicle liveries go it must be one of the most eye-catching on the road and we’re looking forward to ‘delivering’ the message about Rase Distribution and our home town of Lincoln as far and wide as possible.”

Before the formation of Rase Distribution, the Hill family business were Corn Millers & Grain Merchants where its fleet of trucks were used regularly to take produce to and from farms in the county. The Hill’s milling heritage can be traced back as far as 1865 when Geoff Hill’s great, great grandfather, Thomas Hill, purchased his first windmill in Market Rasen before moving on to water powered turbines mills in the years that followed.  Both T. Hill & Sons and Rase Distribution have been serving the county for 150 years this year.

On 19 June 1215 at Runnymede King John signed the Magna Carta (which means Great Charter). It was the first formal document stating that a King had to follow the laws of the land and it guaranteed the rights of individuals against the wishes of the King. Four exemplifications of the original 1215 charter remain in existence, held by the British Library and the cathedrals of Lincoln and Salisbury.  The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAF-BBMF) is administratively part of the Royal Air Force No 1 Group and operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

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