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IN THE COMMUNITY: Unveiling a new sign for Whaplode St Catherine

A weekly column by Jan Whitbourn of Tulip Events Management:

It gave me great pleasure this week to see the new sign for Whaplode St Catherine up and shining in the village.

We decided on this sign for the village and wanted it to mean something to the people from the village themselves.

The sign depicts St Catherine, who was a scholar and was associated with a sword and a wagon wheel.

Whaplode St Catherine has always had an important waterway. Many years ago the monks used to travel along the waterway to get to certain places in the area.

Many months of research and planning took place to finally get this sign finished and thanks to Jeni Cairns who helped design the new sign and Geoff Taylor from Chain Bridge Forge.

Unveiling the new sign for Whaplode St Catherine. (10820485)
Unveiling the new sign for Whaplode St Catherine. (10820485)

I didn’t realise so many people would be involved with the final stages and I would like to thank Dean Whitehead and Graham Simpson from Highways for their help and most especially to Jack Tyrrell and his amazing team, George Tyrell and Cameron Coup who did so much to finally get it completed and in place.

I couldn’t have got it finished without them.

Jack said: "I was delighted that Jan asked me to be involved with this local initiative which Jan used some of her budget to pay for whilst being a councillor.

"I feel it is a welcoming sign to Whaplode St Catherine and you can see it has proven popular with residents and visitors alike.

"It is such a shame that Jan has lost her position on the council but I hope she will continue with the amazing ideas and work which you can see she loves to do.

"I will continue to encourage Jan to carry on supporting the community and will always support her in every challenge that she takes on in the future."

I would also like to personally thank Anthony Casson who came along to see the finishing touches to the sign being put in, for encouraging me throughout, to carry on and helped me wherever possible.

Jan Whitbourn

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