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A South Holland village celebrated the Platinum Jubilee by unveiling a new village sign.

Artist Sally Horne created the fantastic new Holbeach St Marks sign to help mark the Queen's 70 years on the throne.

St Mark's Church and the war memorial have been included in the sign along with daffodil, tulip and wheat fields to honour the village's agricultural connections.

Artist Sally Horne and a very patriotically dressed Coun Nick Worth with the new sign
Artist Sally Horne and a very patriotically dressed Coun Nick Worth with the new sign

A total of 30 people went along to the unveiling of the sign, by Lord Taylor, earlier today.

Sally has spent a number of months painting the sign, which was erected with help from Long Sutton councillor Jack Tyrrell.

Scores of villages have also been along to St Mark's Church to admire the stunning flower displays along with enjoying a well earned cuppa.

Tina and George Russell (6) with a display in Holbeach St Marks
Tina and George Russell (6) with a display in Holbeach St Marks

Among them was Tina Russell and her son George (6), who was christened in the church.

Mrs Russell, who was married in the stunning church, said: "It is such a beautiful church.

"It is nice to see the community coming together."

Jayne and Neil Sturgeon and Patrick and Julia Ward were the driving force behind the Holbeach St Marks flower festival
Jayne and Neil Sturgeon and Patrick and Julia Ward were the driving force behind the Holbeach St Marks flower festival

Volunteers Jayne and Neil Sturgeon and Patrick and Julia Ward were the driving force behind the flower festival and its stalls.

Mrs Sturgeon said: "It has gone very well and lovely to see people coming together and socialising.

"We have enjoyed the day and it is been lovely meeting people."

A patriotic display in Holbeach St Mars to honour the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
A patriotic display in Holbeach St Mars to honour the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

The flower festival follows on a very successful ceremony to light the village beacon, created by Spalding's Chain Bridge Forge, on Thursday night, which was attended by around 100 people.

Deputy leader of South Holland District Council, Nick Worth has been thrilled with the response to the events and the sign.

He also praised volunteers who have helped to tidy the site surrounding the new sign and for running the flower festival.

Holbeach St Marks Jubilee celebrations (57092384)
Holbeach St Marks Jubilee celebrations (57092384)

Coun Worth said: "We have never had a sign in the village before so it has gone down well.

"The Jubilee celebrations have gone down really well. It has been brilliant to see so many different people mixing."

Holbeach St Marks Church
Holbeach St Marks Church


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