Olympic Torch relay mosaic is pride of Holbeach

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A mosaic to commemorate the Olympic Torch passing through South Holland is taking pride of place in Holbeach.

It is one of five created by local artist Fiona Gurney and is positioned behind a public bench adjacent to the south wall of the Holbeach and district Age Concern Centre.

The location - at the centre of the Holbeach conservation area next to the churchyard of the Grade 1 listed parish church - was chosen because it is the most prominent place in town and retrospective consent was being sought from planners.

There is already a commemorative bench there which will sit beneath it making it a nice feature.

It was also felt it would enhance the area as it is currently a blank wall.

Coun Francis Biggadike had asked if the parish offices could be an alternative site but it was decided it was not ideal due to coloration of the walls and it not being a central location.

Councillors gave the decision full support.