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Spalding town centre set for a boost with arts projects and Johnson Drinking Fountain comeback




The return of the Johnson Drinking Fountain, more artwork in the town centre and new signage could all be used to boost Spalding.

A range of ideas to promote the town were unveiled by former Spalding and District Civic Society chairman David Jones.

Talks between the society and managers of Springfields Outlet Shopping and Leisure were also confirmed by Mr Jones, with the possibility that photographs of Spalding could eventually be put up around the retail and leisure complex.

The unveiling of 'The Hiring' sculpture in Hall Place, Spalding, with Spalding and District Civic Society members Marion Brassington, Melvyn Price, Nick Jones, programme director of Market Art Project sponsors, Transported Arts, John Bland, Coun Elizabeth Sneath, John Charlesworth, David Jones and (front) Rex Sly.Photo by Tim Wilson.060509-15
The unveiling of 'The Hiring' sculpture in Hall Place, Spalding, with Spalding and District Civic Society members Marion Brassington, Melvyn Price, Nick Jones, programme director of Market Art Project sponsors, Transported Arts, John Bland, Coun Elizabeth Sneath, John Charlesworth, David Jones and (front) Rex Sly.Photo by Tim Wilson.060509-15

Mr Jones said: “Given that a town centre can’t rely on retail alone to sustain it, the Civic Society came up with the idea of a Market Art Project, celebrating Spalding’s status as a market town.

“As part of the project, we have a trail of 14 bronze figures and we recently unveiled The Hiring, a scultpure depicting the hiring fairs that were held in Spalding more than 100 years ago.

“We have more projects coming up and we’ve spoken to people at Springfields, giving them some ideas on how to encourage people to come into the town centre.

John Charlesworth, of Spalding and District Civic Society, Coun Elizabeth Sneath andRex Sly next to 'The Hiring' sculpture in Hall Place, Spalding.Photo by Tim Wilson.060509-11
John Charlesworth, of Spalding and District Civic Society, Coun Elizabeth Sneath andRex Sly next to 'The Hiring' sculpture in Hall Place, Spalding.Photo by Tim Wilson.060509-11

“They are quite keen to put up pictures of Spalding and it’s really good to see Springfields trying to do this.

“In the meantime, we’re very keen that the drinking fountain should not only stand as a monument, but should be connected up as well.”

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