New window is dedicated to war heroes in Spalding

Richard Alward, Rev John Moon, Mick Franklin, Harry Braid, Spalding West county councillor Angela Newton, Ray Sharp, Major David Allmond, South Holland District Council chairman Robert Clark, Brian Elliott, Bill Morter, Roy Bates and Rev Peter Garland at the dedication of a new window for the Parachute Regimental Association at St John the Baptist Church, Hawthorn Bank, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Richard Alward, Rev John Moon, Mick Franklin, Harry Braid, Spalding West county councillor Angela Newton, Ray Sharp, Major David Allmond, South Holland District Council chairman Robert Clark, Brian Elliott, Bill Morter, Roy Bates and Rev Peter Garland at the dedication of a new window for the Parachute Regimental Association at St John the Baptist Church, Hawthorn Bank, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A new and permanent memorial to the men who served their country in the Parachute Regiment has been unveiled and dedicated at a Spalding church.

Members of the Parachute Regimental Association Spalding branch joined civic leaders at St John the Baptist Church, Hawthorn Bank, for the dedication ceremony on Monday led by the church’s vicar, Rev Peter Garland.

Ray Sharp and Major David Allmond next to the Parachute Regimental Association window at St John the Baptist Church, Hawthorn Bank, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Ray Sharp and Major David Allmond next to the Parachute Regimental Association window at St John the Baptist Church, Hawthorn Bank, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The window shows St George and the Dragon above the Parachute Regiment cap badge and an inscription for servicemen based in Spalding who fought in the Battle of Arnhem towards the end of World War II.

Branch chairman Major David Allmond said: “Several years ago, we shared the idea of commemorating the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment who were based in Spalding from late 1943 to 1944.

“I was tasked with the job of looking at the feasibility of putting in a stained glass window, in place of a plain one, on the north side of St John the Baptist Church.

“The branch decided it was a reasonable thing to do and our members think the window is absolutely brilliant.”

The emblem and insignia on the new Parachute Regimental Association window at St John the Baptist Church, Hawthorn Bank, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

The emblem and insignia on the new Parachute Regimental Association window at St John the Baptist Church, Hawthorn Bank, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Traditional glassworker Derek Commander, who designed the window from his base near Market Rasen, said: “I’m very pleased with it because it took a long time to go from the original enquiry to the fitting of the window.”