Spalding’s war-time contribution

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Spalding water taxi pilot Terry Day appeared on the BBC’s The One Show to talk about the town’s amazing war-time contribution.

Terry, secretary of The Spalding Branch of The Royal Naval Association, was contacted by the BBC and told there was to be a feature on War Bonds in both World Wars and featuring the collection held in Spalding during Warship Week in March 1942.

He said the “unbelievable sum” of £353,151 was raised to adopt HM Submarine TAKU, under the Warship adoption scheme of 1941/42.

Terry said: “In June 1943, some of the crew visited Spalding and at a ceremony Rear Admiral Buckley and Lieutenant P Day (2nd in Command HMS TAKU) exchanged plaques with The Spalding Urban and District Council and the Jolly Roger flew over the Corn Exchange, now South Holland Centre.”

Terry submitted the photograph taken on the day showing (from left) an unknown man, chairman of Spalding Urban District Council Coun Gooch, commanding officer of HMS Royal Arthur Rear Admiral Buckley, chairman of Warship Week Appeal Committee Leonard Harvey and 1st Lieutenant of HMS TAKU Lieutenant P Day RN.