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Bunting to go up in Spalding in bid to brighten up town centre

Bunting is being put up in Spalding this week in a bid to brighten up the town centre.

The colourful decoration has been designed by children who, working with artist Steve Hatton, were set the challenge of depict what is special about Spalding. It will be strung up on Sunday morning.

Programme director Nick Jones said: “It adds colour, it’s associated with festivals and holidays and obviously from our point of view we wanted it to be distinctive to Spalding.”

The bunting created in a Transported Art project is ready to go up in Spalding town centre. (51173554)
The bunting created in a Transported Art project is ready to go up in Spalding town centre. (51173554)

As well as the bunting, Transported Art has had some of the artwork designed as window displays - and the group is in talks about using them to brighten up the windows of empty shops.

The designs impressed councillors, who are now asking Transported to work on wind cheater banners to brighten up the entrance to Holbeach Market.

The group will return to Holbeach with some performance workshops for the November 4 Big Bang event, which will launch the town’s Christmas campaign.

Earlier this year we reported how Transported was bidding for £800,000 from the Arts Council to spend in Boston and Spalding - with the bold ambition of filling the Flower Parade hole in the cultural calendar.

The group is still waiting to hear an answer on its bid - with groups set to be invited for interviews in the coming few weeks.

Mr Jones said: “I am optimistic, definitely.”

He added: “It would be astonishing if they didn’t continue to invest in the area. It’s my expectation that they will but they have got a set amount of money from the government and they have to make a decision about where they spend it.”

An Arts Council spokesman said: “Arts Council England will announce successful applications to the Creative People and Places programme in December 2021, once final decisions have been made.”

Transported has also done an audit of public spaces in a bid to look at where might benefit from new street furniture or public art. One idea is to put discreet artwork in places that suffer from litter, for example, with the hope this may discourage the activity.

The bunting was commissioned by South Holland District Council and is being paid for from the Welcome Back Fund.

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