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.
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.