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Algarkirk busker uses parasol to avoid being hit by pigeon poo while busking in former Beales store in Spalding



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A busker has been forced to hide under a parasol to avoid being bombarded by poo from pesky pigeons who are nesting over an empty shop doorway.

Antoine Fleuriot, who lives in Algarkirk, is well known for entertaining shoppers by singing from the doorway of the former Beales store in Spalding's Market Place.

But he is now using a parasol to protect himself from the poo along with the hot weather.

Busker Antoine Fleuriot with his parasol in the Beales doorway
Busker Antoine Fleuriot with his parasol in the Beales doorway

Mr Fleuriot said: "It is a health hazard! I have to use wipes as the cables for my equipment get covered in bird mess.

"Occasionally one will land on the umbrella and have a fight with another one."

Birds appear to be nesting in the cavity left over the doorway, close to the Hole in the Wall Passage, after the sign came down in January. An egg was seen on the floor earlier this week.

Mess from the pigeons in the Beales doorway
Mess from the pigeons in the Beales doorway

Shoppers have also reported seeing pigeons and rats in the windows of the store, which closed in March last year.

Mess can be seen in the former doorway along with one the side windows, which once displayed glamorous stock.

Mr Fleuriot said: "I wouldn't be surprised in there was a rats nest under the one of the boards in the window."

Building owners Panther Security says that it has removed the pigeons which had been living in the building after receiving complaints from the public.

But spokesman Richard Swan said that a local pest controller will be sent out to conduct further investigations.

The building is currently on the market and has received some interest since Beales moved out last March.

He said: "We have spoken with a couple of companies who have showed an interest as yet we have not agreed terms."



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