Christine Hanson’s family played part in Spalding’s history

Christine Hanson and her team at Bookmark, some of whom  including Samantha Buckley (right), have worked with her for years. Photo: SG210616-140TW
Christine Hanson and her team at Bookmark, some of whom including Samantha Buckley (right), have worked with her for years. Photo: SG210616-140TW
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Christine Hanson has met authors Hannah Hauxwell, Michael Palin, Colin Dexter, as well as Margaret Thatcher and even the Queen in her role as book seller – and publisher, of Further Aspects of Spalding and Aspects of Spalding Villages.

However, her own family has played its part in local history.

Christine’s grandparents, Jim and Ella Stennett, looked after the old Corn Exchange in Spalding, Jim acting as superintendent and Ella helping to prepare for the Tuesday corn markets.

Christine remembers they had to push all the wooden corn bins into the middle of the room once the auction was over to create a boxing ring. It was also used for dances, and Christine’s parents Gordon and Brenda Emery would go dancing there.