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Signboard delves into the history of St Peter’s Hill in Grantham

The signboard in St Peter's Hill, Grantham.

The signboard in St Peter's Hill, Grantham.

The story of St Peter’s Hill is told through a new signboard which was unveiled on the green in front of the Guildhall today (Monday).

The signboard, the third to be erected in Grantham, delves into the history of the bustling area of Grantham town centre.

Courtney Finn, of Grantham Civic Society, led the ceremony.

Megaphone in hand, he told the gathering: “This is the third in a series of information signboards which tell the story of buildings, events and people in our incredibly historic town that for too long has hidden all this away in books only.”

However, the project was not without its setbacks. Mr Finn told of his shock at having to secure planning permission from South Kesteven District Council before being allowed to install the signboard. He went on to thank Grantham Future and Councillor Jacky Smith for assisting with the £335 planning fee, adding a thank you to SKDC strategic director Ian Yates for his help.

Rotarians Irvin Metcalf, Robert Clark and Tony Griffin were asked to carry out the official unveiling as Rotary helped to fund the drawings and design, and also the manufacturing of the signboard.

They removed a Union Jack covering to a loud cheer from all those gathered, including Mayor of Grantham Ian Stokes.

Afterwards, Coun Stokes told the Journal: “I think it’s amazing achievement, I really do. The signboard is a fine contribution, and congratulations to the Grantham Civic Society for putting it together over many months.”

Illustrations featuring on the signboard, and the further two in Market Place and at St Wulfram’s Church, were drawn by Richard Coppin. He said: “It’s an honour to be asked to do it. These are things that are going to be in town long after I’m gone hopefully, so I’m pleased to leave something behind.”

 

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