King of Clowns George Jones

George Jones proudly shows off the wage slip from 1990 showing he earned  �680 for a week's work in construction. Photo: SG240914-150TW

George Jones proudly shows off the wage slip from 1990 showing he earned �680 for a week's work in construction. Photo: SG240914-150TW

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People living in Spalding immediately after the war probably have memories of the bomb damage to the town.

The late George Jones also recalled that Irish people, who had come to this district to find work potato picking, would meet at the fountain in the Market Place – since moved to Ayscoughfee Gardens.

George had strong memories of socialising at the Corn Exchange – where South Holland Centre is now.

He said: “Everybody used to go to the Corn Exchange to meet girls, or monkey parading as they called it, and we would queue up and go to the cinema occasionally.”

George’s daughters say their father, who liked to sing and play the harmonica, was well-known in Spalding, especially at the Services Club where he would go drinking.

His popularity was recognised with a trophy reading, ‘To George, King of Clowns, never stopped making us laugh’. George passed away peacefully last Tuesday.