Ian Botham bat up for grabs

SPLASHING TIME: Bob Steel in his night shirt with pyjama party swimmers by the pool. Photo: SG300413-778NG
SPLASHING TIME: Bob Steel in his night shirt with pyjama party swimmers by the pool. Photo: SG300413-778NG
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A cricket bat signed by England legend Ian Botham and fellow sporting heroes like Bill Athey will be a star lot at an auction for Two Lips.

The bat was presented to Sir Ian by the celebrated maker Duncan Fearnley and has been given to Two Lips by bosses at the Indus restaurant, in Winsover Road, Spalding, who had a fundraising Indian meal for Spalding Rotary’s good causes on Tuesday night.

The bat will go to auction on Saturday night at a glittering ball at Spalding’s Castle Sports Complex – and you can bid by telephone if you contact Rotary president Andy Prior on 01775 720607 before Saturday to make arrangements to do so.

The meal at Indus raised £200 for Two Lips and a bucket collection at Sainsbury’s from Saturday to yesterday has also added hundreds to the charity appeal.

Tomorrow night, please join us – the Spalding Guardian – for our Two Lips Quiz at St Norbert’s Church Hall, in St Thomas’s Road, Spalding, but you’ll have to hurry to pick up our £8 tickets from our office in The Crescent.

The ticket price includes fish and chips from Sheddy Turner’s Restaurant and we’re delighted to announce that Barclays Bank will match fund the sum we raise.

On Saturday please donate your unwanted goods to Rotarians who will be outside NatWest Bank for a Two Lips Market Day auction. Donations will be received from 7.45am to 10am and bidding starts at 10am.

Rotarian and retired auctioneer Alan Porter will return to the market the following Saturday for a second auction.

He said: “There’s no VAT and no commission – the hammer price is what you pay.”

Spalding Rotary Club is raising money for some great causes on our doorstep – St Barnabas Hospital Spalding, Spalding Age UK, Spalding St John Ambulance, South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club and Spalding Amateur Swimming Club.

The good causes themselves have been raising money for the campaign and the latest effort includes a £50 donation from Spalding Amateur Swimming Club, which held a pyjama party in the pool.

The club’s John Pailing said the fun session had a serious aim because the club’s young members learned how to stay afloat should they fall into water fully clothed.

Both swimming clubs need cash to fund new equipment and all of the good causes are looking forward to some financial help with their work.

Some events will be staged later and these include a bucket collection at Morrisons, Pinchbeck, from May 20-24.