Town all set for Transported

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Weeks of preparation for the launch of a £2.6million arts project covering South Holland and Boston will finally come together in Holbeach town centre this weekend.

Daredevil aerial dancers, a student “junk” orchestra, street theatre, community parade, children’s theatre and a Polish choir are among the line-up for Transported, a two-and-a half year community arts project which gets under way in Carter’s Park and along the High Street on Saturday and Sunday.

Organisers are promising an event unlike any Holbeach has seen before and schools, businesses, musicians and artists are all playing their part to ensure the project has a long-lasting impact on Holbeach.

Spalding-based artist Carol Parker, one of the project organisers, said: “We want it to be like a circus coming to town and awareness of Transported is growing slowly.

“I’ve been amazed by the support from Holbeach residents and people have been telling me that they’ve been waiting for something like this for a long time.

“People have seen posters and heard talks about Transported at parish council meetings and Holbeach Business Forum and everyone has been overwhelmed by how big the project is and the aspirations it has to see things change in their community.”

The weekend starts with a Community Cash Mob on Saturday at 11am when people keen to support small, independent traders will meet in Market Hill before going on a mass spending spree along West End and High Street.

Dave Hudson, chairman of Holbeach Business Forum, said: “Transported is a blessing in disguise for Holbeach and those involved in this project inspired the forum to come up with ideas that could help rejuvenate our town.

“The cash mob will be fun to take part in, but there is a meaningful message underpinning it which is that Holbeach is proud of its local traders and individual shops.”

Events on Sunday start just before 1pm with UkeBox Ukelele Jukebox officially launching Transported before Rhubarb Theatre Company, The Dream Engine Conedancers aerial dance team and Jake Stephens Trio streetdancers take centre stage.

Other acts include musician Jo Freya and Polish choir Cantus Polonicum.