Video: Creation of Mallard signboard

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A new signboard telling the remarkable story of the railways in Grantham will be unveiled as part of the Mallard celebrations next weekend.

As well as showcasing the record-breaking Mallard run, the signboard will also tell the story of the early days of rail in the town, and its development.

Also featured is the “Great Grantham railway disaster” in which a driver and 14 passengers were killed when a train derailed at Harlaxton Road bridge in September, 1906.

The Mallard itself is prominently displayed, having been painstakingly re-created by Grantham graphic artist Richard Coppin.

The railway signboard is the latest created by Grantham Civic Society with signboards already in place in St Peter’s Hill, the Market Place and St Wulfram’s.

The signboard has been partly funded by Grantham councillors Linda Wootten, Richard Davies and Charmaine Morgan via contributions from their “Big Society Fund” allocation.