Village to get sign of the times

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WALPOLE ST Andrew is set to get a new village sign thanks to money raised over the years through the steam rally.

A total of 14 Walpole St Andrew Steam Rallies were held between 1967 and 1981 to raise funds for the parish church and village amenities.

It was always the committee’s ambition to provide a village sign and now it set to become a reality when the stainless steel creation is unveiled on Monday May 2.

Designed by Wisbech artist Gordon Gillick and made by committee member Michael South the sign reflects the rally’s central place in village life. The sign has a steam engine at its heart with an apple tree, strawberries and bullrushes to represent the area’s natural heritage .

The church is also prominently represented and hidden somewhere is a small crown to symbolise the legend of King John’s lost jewels.

A lectern with information about the sign has been funded by a grant from Sutton Bridge Power Fund.

The sign will be located at the western end of the Dole Charity Almshouse in front of the church and will be unveiled at 2pm.