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Organisers of Clap for Live ‘delighted’ at public support for South Holland Centre and staff

Around 100 people descended on Spalding Market Place this lunch time to show their support for the South Holland Centre, the staff for which are subject to redundancies. Operators South Holland District Councils say the number of roles at the centre is being reduced from 24 to seven and the loss of many of the technical staff has led to ...

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The return to the dance floor

For the first time in 16 months dancers returned to the floor of a Spalding nightclub in the early hours of Monday morning. XO was booked out in advance as restrictions were lifted at the Westlode Street venue. DANPICS ©Stephen Daniels/DANPICS 19/07/2021 Owner Matt Clarke, said: “There was a lot more demand than we thought and everyone just seemed to ...

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BAFTA award for South Holland poet Benjamin

The endless horizon of South Holland’s wide skies provides both inspiration and comfort to BAFTA-winning poet Benjamin Zephaniah. The television awards were announced on Sunday evening and Benjamin was named as the winner of the Entertainment Programme category with his Life and Rhymes show. Screened by Sky Arts, the show beat heavyweight competition from Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, ...

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Live music returns to shop

Live music returned to a Spalding record shop recently for a nationwide festival. Boston band Kings and Bears played an impromptu show at Uptown Vinyl in Baytree Garden Centre, Weston, as part of the BBC’s Airwaves festival. A host of local radio stations, including BBC Lincolnshire, put on the shows and broadcasted them over the Bank Holiday weekend. Due to ...

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Domenique’s family inspiration after landing role in hit new television series

A Spalding actor says her family including her beloved ‘Nonno’ provided inspiration as she was cast in a big budget American TV show that’s hitting British screens next Monday (May 17). Domenique Fragale is staring alongside the likes of Laura Donnelly, Ann Skelly and Nick Frost in the HBO show The Nevers. It’s already attracted 1.4m viewers in America and ...

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Spalding band want Bloodstock billing

A Spalding band are looking to realise the dream of playing at one of the UK’s top heavy metal festivals. Buried By My Heartache are hoping to join the likes of Judas Priest, Skindred and Napalm Death at Bloodstock in August. To do so the five piece are looking to win the Metal to the Masses battle of the bands ...

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Stunning spring show

Springfields’ head gardener Andy Boyton had time to survey the results of his team’s hard work at the weekend.There was free entry into the popular gardens and visitors made the most of the weather to get out and about after a long lockdown.The colourful show was added to by a range of Delft-style tile designs which had been submitted as ...

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Water taxi boats to be hired out

Spalding’s Water Taxis are to return to the water this summer, but only to hire out. The popular attraction hasn’t been able to operate as a regular taxi service between the town and Springfields and wasn’t able to run at all last year due to COVID-19 restrictions.But the easing of some of those restrictions mean that from May, the boats ...

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Daffodil display to delight this weekend

A new display of daffodils is set to be on display at Springfields this weekend. In celebration of this wonderful year for daffodils, Springfields has a free display of competition-quality daffodils in the outlet, prepared by the Springfields Horticultural Society, and beautifully manicured Spring walks throughout the gardens. This includes the Taylors Bulbs displays, Daffodil of the Year, Daffodil Walk, ...

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Act II shares its view on events of 2020

Spalding based Act II Theatre Company is bringing some welcome festive cheer with the news that their popular annual Revue won’t be falling victim to the COVID-19 cancellation curse. This screwy, satirical look at the year’s news, events, celebrity gossip and political mishaps has been a pre-Christmas fixture since 2013 and regular attendees will be relieved to know that, despite ...

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Review: The Mandalorian (Season 2, chapters 9 and 10)

One of my biggest gripes about the mostly satisfying first season of The Mandalorian was that it took its sweet time actually moving on the story. Don’t get me wrong, as a Star Wars fan I loved all of the world building and nods to the films, but I wanted reasons to be invested in these characters. After finishing well ...

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Horror nights of fun in Spalding

Visitors to the Spalding Sessions House will be in for a horrifyingly good time in the run-up to Halloween. The former courthouse has been transformed into a terrifying experience with ghosts, ghouls and a cast of actors guaranteed to test the bravery of visitors to the event – which is open for bookings. Owner Oliver Sneath has been creating a ...

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Steve’s New Horizons as first novel is published

A retired Crowland man is reaching new horizons himself by landing a publishing deal. Steve Borrett is releasing New Horizons – A Mayson Edmunson Adventure under the pseudonym SteVie May on September 30. The 62-year-old says he always harboured thoughts of writing a book but didn’t have the time until retiring from working in government services. The book takes on ...

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Film review: The New Mutants (15)

More than two years after it was originally scheduled to hit the big screen, The New Mutants (TNM) finally arrived last week. Hit by delays galore, it was feared by many that the X-Men spin-off directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) would be an absolute car crash. I’m here to tell you that it’s not as bad ...

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Film review: Tenet (12A)

Of the many creature comforts we’ve had to give up during the coronavirus pandemic, not visiting the cinema has to be among the biggest misses. In a time when we’ve desperately needed escapism, losing yourself in a new and different world would have been just the ticket for many. With that in mind, what better way to signal the return ...

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Stellar sequel is a contender for game of the generation

How do you follow up arguably the best video game on the previous generation of consoles? If you’re famed developer Naughty Dog the answer, it seems, is ato set about building a bona-fide contender for the top game of the current generation. The Last Of Us Part II, which is once again a PlayStation exclusive, is a remarkable feat in ...

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Free art boxes to be given out as part of project

South Holland artists of any age and ability are being invited to get involved with an art project next week and upload their work to an online gallery. Professional artist Chris Lewis-Jones has teamed up with local group Transported Art and will be touring South Lincolnshire next week to deliver and hand out free packs of art equipment for people ...

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Band is hitting the right notes

A Spalding-based band hasn’t stopped the lockdown from performing together. The South Lincs Concert Band has still been getting together to create online videos. They’ve published their performances of both Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing and The Beatles’ I Wanna Hold Your Hand online. The band formed nearly three years ago and was joined by a few guest musicians for the ...

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Spalding artist’s new single

Spalding may not be the first place you think of in terms of UK R&B and pop but Kyra Jinx looks to cement her claim as one of the genre’s hottest new acts with her latest single, 1 of 1. Kyra has graduated from learning to play guitar to working with Patrick Osei at Hot Money Studios on her own ...

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Cliffhanger episode perfectly sets up Mandalorian’s finale

It had to happen sooner or later, but The Mandalorian finally showed its hand and got back on-track with the main story in Chapter Seven. After a number of slowly paced side quests, The Reckoning put all of the pieces together and left us with a cliffhanger ahead of Friday’s season finale. Although the slower paced chapters were largely enjoyable, ...

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