Fame of throne at Spalding Lifestyle Centre

John Walker of the Charterhouse Wine Company next to a throne formerly used by a theatrical goods supplier which is now on sale at Spalding Lifestyle and Garden Centre, Pinchbeck.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

John Walker of the Charterhouse Wine Company next to a throne formerly used by a theatrical goods supplier which is now on sale at Spalding Lifestyle and Garden Centre, Pinchbeck. Photo by Tim Wilson.

  • Theatrical prop catches eye of shoppers at expanding Pinchbeck shop
0
Have your say

Shoppers can experience some high theatre at a store where a throne fit for a king is on sale.

The six-foot high throne, made out of solid wood, has an eye-catching red, crocodile-effect velvet seat and a frame featuring carved figures with a gold-leaf coating.

This is definitely the wackiest thing we’ve ever been asked to have at our shop

Peter Vickers, Spalding Lifestyle Centre

Originally used in a Christmas pantomime, the throne has been the talk of Spalding Lifestyle Centre, Pinchbeck, ever since it arrived about a month ago.

But as yet, there have been no takers for the “wackiest thing” ever sold at the centre run by Peter Vickers since 2002.

He said: “A customer who runs a theatrical company that puts on top-end shows asked me if I was interested in selling the throne which he had bought four or five years earlier.

“We have lots of wacky and unusual things here but the throne is quite a special piece of furniture and it complements the centre nicely because of all the antiques and collectibles we have here.”

Visitors to Spalding Lifestyle Centre have plenty to choose from, including wine dealers Charterhouse Wine, Pendragon Antiques and Collectibles and Uptown Vinyl Records run by music enthusiast Alan Barnsdale who has managed to cram in more than 40,000 albums under one roof.

Peter said: “We were happy to welcome Pendragon and Uptown to the shop and they’ve both brought a breath of fresh air to it.

“But food has always been our mainstay and our home-roasted ham, egg and chips is still our top-selling line.”

The throne has brought an exciting contrast to other things the centre is popular for, including the records and food led by Peter’s ham signature dish.

“We’re often asked by people to sell their bric-a-brac, furniture and other bits and pieces, but this is definitely the wackiest thing we’ve ever been asked to have at our shop,” Peter said.

“I can’t imagine anywhere in Spalding, or anywhere else in South Holland for that 
matter, where something like a throne has ever been sold 
before and the one we have at the shop in Pinchbeck is very ornate and quite stunning.

“A few people have told me that the throne itself is quite impressive and it’s certainly a big talking point with customers who come into the shop.”

Meanwhile, Spalding Lifestyle Centre is backing Macmillan Cancer Support by hosting a sale of vinyl records, bric-a-brac, nearly new ladies’ fashions and secondhand books on Saturday, November 14, between 10am and 5pm, and Sunday, November 15, from 10am until 3pm.

For more details, call Denise Vickers on 07791 794889.