THE new £6.5m Red Lion Quarter was heralded as a “great news story” for Spalding as it was officially opened yesterday.
MP for South Holland and the Deepings John Hayes performed the ceremony ahead of the food heritage centre’s doors opening today, allowing shoppers the chance to fill their baskets with a range of Lincolnshire produce.
As well as the food hall, the building will also be home to the new South Lincolnshire College, a newly-formed centre of Boston College, and a fine-dining restaurant, Sage, which opens on Saturday.
General manager Richard Baggaley said: “I was standing here on January 1 last year when construction began and here we are 14 months later at the grand opening – we have come a long way.
“We have a fabulous building in the middle of Spalding that hasn’t cost the taxpayer a penny,
“It’s a great news story for everyone and all we need now is for the people of Spalding to support us.”
Sue Daly, Boston College principal, said: “I am completely thrilled. After years and years South Holland has its own college, which is purpose-built.
“Spalding has got a lot to be proud of and I am proud to be part of this.
“At one point it looked as though this would never happen as we lost funding, but we found the money ourselves and that shows our commitment to this project – we will make it work.
nFor more on the Red Lion Quarter, see the eight-page supplement free with today’s paper.