The work of a famous Spalding son is honoured

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The iconic London Underground logo – designed by Frank Pick, one of Spalding’s most famous sons – is to be celebrated at a museum’s new home in the capital.

The logo – which first appeared on tube station platforms in 1908 – will be part of a permanent display when the Design Museum moves its base to Kensington.

It was nominated for inclusion by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who said it was “bold, simple and colourful”.

Pick, the son of a Spalding draper, was born in the town in 1878 and is credited with creating much of modern London.

His legacy is the endearing image of the London Underground, including the famous map that he commissioned, the red and white signs, distinctive typeface, and dozens of classic 1930s art-deco buildings.

A blue plaque commemorating Frank’s birth on November 23, 1878, is set into the wall of the Halifax Building Society in Double Street, a stone’s throw from Bridge House on the west bank of the River Welland, now demolished.

Pick, who died on November 7, 1941, was the LondonPassenger Transport Board’s first chief executive officer.

He is also remembered in the world-famous reference book the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, with the line: “Good design is intelligence made visible.”