Celebrating Spalding’s history

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The efforts of Spalding Civic Society to clear the ‘vinyl blight’ is part of its broader campaign to increase the attractiveness of the town centre.

The society is also responsible for the heritage trail sculpture initiative – 14 small bronzes by artist Joseph Hillier fixed to the exterior walls of various buildings in the town centre.

The artwork project was described by the civic society as its first commission in an ambitious project to celebrate Spalding’s history.

Some older residents will remember one aspect of the town’s history that is acknowledged on the Hughes’ building. The Regent Cinema only closed in 1959 and, according to South Holland Life, is said to have been popular with locals, despite its nickname “the flea pit”.