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Keeping Spalding’s sea tradition

A ceremonial bell is surrounded by (from left) comedian Ian Sludge-Lees, chief executive Theo Stibbins, treasurer Andrew Elsden and president Peter Bray.

A ceremonial bell is surrounded by (from left) comedian Ian Sludge-Lees, chief executive Theo Stibbins, treasurer Andrew Elsden and president Peter Bray.

THERE are few remnants of the time when Spalding was a port but one organisation has existed since that time – Spalding Shipwreck Society.

Vice-president of the society David Turner says the organisation has existed continuously since 1844, so members celebrated its 167th year at their annual dinner at South Holland Centre.

“We just carry on as we are, we are oblivious to the outside world,” said Mr Turner, the great grandson of the last harbourmaster of Spalding. “We are keeping the old traditions going.”

Mr Turner explained it was originally The Spalding Society for Mutual Relief, to help seafarers who hit hard times. Today, it has about 250 members, about 50 of whom are benefit members, and gifts are given to widows.

 

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