Builders pay for concert

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TRADESMEN who restored the fire-damaged St Norbert’s Roman Catholic Church in Spalding have put their hands in their pockets to sponsor a big shindig.

Thanks to the tradesmen, Dublin-based band Diarmud O’Leary and The Bards will perform a concert in St Norbert’s Community Hall on October 21.

Band members are friends of the parish priest, Father Jim Burke, and although they have been on the road for 30 years this is their first appearance in Spalding.

The church was badly damaged by a fire caused by a smouldering candle at the end of November, but months of painstaking work has put St Nobert’s back in first class order in time for Holy Week celebrations which begin this Sunday, Palm Sunday.

A large section of oak panelling and a door were destroyed and there was extensive damage to the underfloor heating system. Floor tiles had to be fully replaced.

An antique statue of the Crowned Virgin Mary was destroyed and has been replaced with a statue of the Immaculate Conception.

More than 20 statues were repaired, along with stained glass panels, and the whole church has been redecorated.

The project was co-ordinated by Burmor Construction, of Deeping St James, and carried out by local companies and tradesmen.

nConcert tickets cost £15 from the parish office on 01775 722056.