Next blue plaque for Spalding to William Booth

William Booth.
William Booth.
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The final nail in the blue plaque to rock legend Jim Hendrix was hammered home days before the name of the next worthy with Spalding connections was named.

And, according to John Charlesworth, planning officer for Spalding & District Civic Society, it will be to someone “who might well have regarded Hendrix as the Devil himself had their paths crossed”.

Plaque number five to be erected in the town centre by the civic society will be to General Booth, founder of The Salvation Army.

John says William Booth began his charismatic career in Spalding in 1852 as a young preacher, covering his vast rural circuit by carrier’s cart and on foot to preach in village halls and farm kitchens.

William Booth lodged in Red Lion Street and in Bridge Street. The exact location for the new plaque has not yet been established.

John said: “The blue plaques, however, are just one aspect of the civic society’s efforts to protect and preserve all that is best in our local heritage and encourage quality in the new.

“We also believe that things can go wrong if worried people sit back and do nothing, which means that sometimes we find ourselves campaigning against proposed developments as well.

“There must be many people who would like the opportunity to play a part in making Spalding as attractive a place as possible.”

People can get involved in many ways, such as blue plaque research, nature conservation, sharing ideas for improving the Market Place, and more. Visit spaldingcivicsociety.org.uk or write to Secretary, 55 Pinchbeck Road, Spalding PE11 1QF.