Andrew Abbott's Blog

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Lincolnshire this week.

As if anyone really thought that they wouldn’t, it has now been confirmed that the Red Arrows will play a pivotal role in the forthcoming London Olympics. The Reds will perform a flypast over Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London to celebrate the opening ceremony. The crisis hit team will put their troubles behind them in an unfamiliar seven formation as they carry out the Big Battle manoeuvre used for important ceremonies. The events will take place on the 27 July, before the opening ceremony begins.

The Teal Park business park in North Hykeham is due to be completed by September but so far only Siemens has signed a deal to move their manufacturing and research facility in. However Lincolnshire County Council is confident other businesses will soon be on board. Paul Wheatley, the council’s head of economic regeneration said:-

"Once the park has been completed a lot of businesses we are talking to will see that as a signal that the site is open.

"I think that's the point we will see them moving on to the site - businesses like to see that the site is finished before they commit,"

Morrison’s, the supermarket chain plans to expand a new seafood processing site it has bought in North East Lincolnshire. The former Kwok’s plant on Europarc in Grimsby will employ 170 people preparing fish for the company’s stores and is expected to open in September.

Fourteen intrepid cyclists have completed a grueling coast to coast ride to raise £10000 for charity, reports the Stamford Mercury. The group set off from Morecambe last Friday and finished at Bridlington on Sunday. The Way of the Roses route took them over the Yorkshire Dales and Wolds. Spokesman Peter Nolan, who organized the ride having suffered lymphoma, to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research said:-

“It was fantastic. All of us got there in the end and from our point of view the cycling was great and we saw some fantastic scenery.

“I decided to organise the event to celebrate the skills of those who treated me so well in hospital.

“We’re just delighted with the response we’ve had and all the donations. It really makes it all worthwhile.”

A very local, local radio station, Lindsey Coast Radio is attempting a World Record by staying on air for longer than the existing achievement of 126 hours to claim a Guinness World Record. Not only that but the broadcasting minnows want to raise money for local charities including Natureland and the seal hospital, Xcite skatepark and the Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance.

Roads around Lincoln have been resurfaced after previous work carried out on them has proved defective. Contractors May Guerney were recalled to sort out the inadequate surfaces which have affected Burton Road, Tentercroft Street, Rookery Lane, Lee Road, Union Road and Eastgate. Traders were dismayed, not to mention out of pocket as a result of the further disruption. A local shop manager , Marianne Clarke said:-

"Why didn't they get it right last time? We just hope that for everyone's sake it gets done properly this time. People are really upset and don't want to go through this again.”

Some redundant schools are to be demolished as the latest addition to the troubled Priory group, the Witham Academy mops up the opposition. Moorland Infant and Nursery School, One of my old Alma Maters, Usher School on Skellingthorpe Road and Ermine Infant and Junior School are all facing the bulldozers. The Priory Group itself has been in the news as the previously unexplained, or at least explained as “personal reasons” departure of the executive head is now known to be as a result of a government inquiry into the all powerful group.

Six Lincolnshire citizens have been given Mayoral Medals by the Mayor of Lincoln, Kathleen Brothwell. The medals, which were originally given to soldiers returning from the First World War, are in recognition of the recipient’s commitment to making a difference to the lives of their fellow residents. The tradition was revived in 1995 by the City Council. The medals were presented to Andy Payne, firefighter, Neil Blow, Lincoln Food Bank, Olive Musson, for services to church and community events, Josephine Gadd, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Pete Genders, Off the Bench, working with disadvantaged young people and Bev Smith for her work with Abbie Youthie, helping to reduce antisocial behaviour.

That’s it for another week. Whether you deserve a medal or not, have a good weekend.

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