Protester causes fracas at Market Place launch

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A MEGAPHONE-wielding protester caused a rumpus at the official launch of the regenerated Market Place and Westgate on Saturday.

Disgruntled Iain Angus, managing director of Newton Fallowell Lettings, disturbed the proceedings to protest against what he called “a waste of public funds”.

Despite louds boos and calls to “get off” from those gathered, Mr Angus said: “The people of this town are fed up with the wasting of public funds.”

As the artist behind the Orrery sculpture, Paul Lewthwaite, said he hoped people found the scultpure pleasant to look at, Mr Angus called out: “Pleasant to look at? It’s absolute rubbish, an appalling display of workmanship.

“£20,000 for that? You could sell it on eBay for £7.50.”

A couple of people in the crowd were riled by Mr Angus’s comments, and tried to shove him away from the area, causing police to step in to keep the peace.

Mr Angus, a former police officer, defended his actions this week, talking of his frustration with the decision to take away parking from the area and with the removal of vehicular access to his premises.

He added: “I had 20 people along to support me on Saturday. I’ve had numerous people come up to me who were there to say well done for saying what needed to be said.”

Chairman of South Kesteven District Council Mike Cook said Mr Angus had “made a fool of himself”. He added: “Anyone who objects to change for change’s sake is wrong. This is not change for change’s sake, this is change for the better.”