Appeal for helpers in forge bid

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THE Friends of Chain Bridge Forge in Spalding are appealing for help to turn the old workshop into a living history museum.

The museum will capture the forge’s history, demonstrate the work of a blacksmith and share other people’s reminiscences of the town and their memories of the workshop.

The reminiscences started coming in on Flower Parade day, when the forge opened to a steady flow of visitors.

Some of them brought with them “some amazing stories of life in the town and their connections with the forge,” according to Geoff Taylor, a driving force behind the move to preserve the workshop for future generations.

Geoff said: “We would like to start recording these stories and getting them transcribed into text so we can display them on our new website, which should be available in the next month, and in the forge as we start developing the display boards.

“Initially we are concentrating on life and history within a mile radius of the forge, so if you would like to share these memories with us and the community we would like to hear from you.”

A member of the Friends will visit people at home to record reminscences and in return will present them with a CD recording of the interview.

First though, Geoff is looking for local residents able to audio type and who would be prepared to spare a few hours to transcribe recordings.

If you are able to help, contact Geoff Taylor on 07960 587724 or email him at chainbridgeforge@gmail.com