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Whaplode celebrates as iconic rocking horse ride is restored




An iconic playground rocking horse in Whaplode is now complete and riding again thanks to a big team effort.

In April the head from the horse was stolen but our story on the theft saw Jubilee Park, in Woodhall Spa, gallop to the rescue - and offer its own, decommissioned horse to Whaplode Playing Field Association.

Farmer Jon Dring, a playing field association member, collected the horse from Woodhall.

Chris Matson and David Stanton from G & D Engineering, of Moulton Ltd, playing field association secretary Margaret Lewis, Chris Harriss and Lloyd Wyllie, of Total Blast Ltd, playing field association member Sarah Darlow, Bob Merchant, and playing field association member Jon Dring, of Dring’s Farm.
Chris Matson and David Stanton from G & D Engineering, of Moulton Ltd, playing field association secretary Margaret Lewis, Chris Harriss and Lloyd Wyllie, of Total Blast Ltd, playing field association member Sarah Darlow, Bob Merchant, and playing field association member Jon Dring, of Dring’s Farm.

Following shot-blasting and repainting by Total Blast Ltd of Whaplode, G & D Engineering refitted the ride in the Church Gate park.

The association had been facing a bill of up to £1,000 to replace the horse’s head or around £6,000 to replace the whole ride.

Association chairman Bob Merchant has belonged to the association for 40 years and can’t remember a time when the horse wasn’t there.

He said the costs of replacing the horse’s head - or the whole ride - could have seen it lost to the village.

“To be honest, we would probably have taken it out of commission,” he said. “With the Woodhall Spa people’s help - and help from our local firms - it has cost us the princely sum of zero.”

Mr Merchant also thanked us for publishing the story on the theft of the horse’s head - and the association’s appeal for help - because it was read by a trustee of the Woodhall Spa park and lead to the offer of the decommissioned horse.



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