Spalding society’s tradition dates back to 1844

Top table (back) Rod Filby, Tom Webster, Pat Thompson, Kieth Robinson, Jim Hammond,(front) David Cook, David Turner, Ken Robinson.
Top table (back) Rod Filby, Tom Webster, Pat Thompson, Kieth Robinson, Jim Hammond,(front) David Cook, David Turner, Ken Robinson.
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The historic Spalding Shipwreck Society gathered 
recently for their 173rd annual dinner.

Those gathered at Spalding Gold Club in Surfleet were keeping alive a tradition that started in 1844.

The society is one of Spalding’s oldest and, since it was first established, has helped members who have worked at sea and their widows.

Funds are raised at these annual dinners and sausage and mash suppers.

The society – officially known as the Spalding Society of Mutual Relief in Case of Shipreck – dates back to when Spalding was a port and the river was tidal.

• See Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for a page of pictures.