Ping pong goes wrong for Transported

Robyn Simpson from The Dream Engine Conedancers performs at Transported in Carter's Park, Holbeach.
Robyn Simpson from The Dream Engine Conedancers performs at Transported in Carter's Park, Holbeach.

Table tennis with a difference is on offer in Spalding, Holbeach and Long Sutton this week as a £2.6 million arts project for the area begins to gather pace.

People can try out Wrong Pong, a form of table tennis using angled tables, obstacles and different surfaces, when it tours all three towns between Wednesday and Saturday.

It is the first event to be held after the successful launch of Transported at Carter’s Park on Sunday when about 4,000 people were thrilled by aerial acrobatics, a Polish choir and a walk-in luminarium.

Wrong Pong is the invention of Joe Kelly and Nicholas Wright who said: “We want to create events and artwork that are both an activity for the community and promote laughter in an artistic context.”

The tour is open to all ages and takes place in Boston Road South car park, Holbeach, on Wednesday May 15 and Thursday May 16 from 10am, Long Sutton Library, Trafalgar Square, on Thursday May 16 from 2pm and Friday May 17 from 10am.

It then moves on to St Paul’s Primary School, Queens Road, Spalding, on Friday May 17 from 4pm, Holbeach Youth Centre, Boston Road South, from 7.30pm and finishes at Peele Leisure Centre, Long Sutton, on Saturday May 18 when play starts at 10am.

Meanwhile, praise for Transported’s launch event continues to pour in from those fortunate enough to be there.

Coun Peter Savory, chairman of Holbeach Parish Council, said: “The launch of Transported was a resounding success and everyone involved should be congratulated for putting the event on with just two months’ preparation.

“It was nice to see so many Holbeach people there and with the perfect weather, it was a great afternoon to look at some very interesting art.”

Lincolnshire County Council member for Holbeach, Coun Nick Worth, said: “Carter’s Park was packed out for a brilliant family day attended by people of all ages, with 1,500 people going through the luminarium alone which in itself was awe-inspiring.

“This event has put Holbeach on the arts map and was really appreciated by the thousands that attended.

“But this is just the start and there is much more to come over the next few years.”