Exciting project will highlight Spa’s proud past

Councillor Graham Keegan outside the Golf Hotel which will also feature in the Wartime Woodhall project

Councillor Graham Keegan outside the Golf Hotel which will also feature in the Wartime Woodhall project

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Plans for a major new tourist attraction in Woodhall Spa have moved a significant step closer.

The village Parish Council has agreed to take more responsibility for the ambitious ‘Wartime Woodhall’ project.

The project will highlight the important role Woodhall Spa played in the two World Wars.

A feature will be a new Wartime Trail - taking in nine historic sites including the renowned Petwood Hotel.

The hotel was the designated Officer’s Mess for the legendary 617 Dambusters squadron in the Second World War.

A leading figure in the Wartime Woodhall project is parish councillor Graham Keegan.

Speaking at a council meeting last week, he revealed £10,000 of funding was already in place from the Heritage Lottery and Lincolnshire County Council.

Coun Keegan displayed laminated information boards which will be erected at nine chosen sites, including the Petwood Hotel,

He praised the local community for their “fantastic support” in helping set up the project.

Coun Keegan highlighted a First World War exhibition at the Cottage Museum which features many items supplied by residents.

He said the exhibition would move to the Petwood Hotel for a week in September.

He also praised pupils at St Andrew’s School who had produced a video after they had interviewed local Second World War veterans.

Coun Keegan said: “The community really is behind this and when complete, it will highlight the important role Woodhall had in both World Wars.”

He said the Trust behind the project was keen to get support from the parish council, particularly with regard to any planning issues.

He stressed the council would not have to make a financial commitment, or take overall responsibility.

Parish Council chairman David Clarke said councillors were in favour.

He admitted they had expressed concerns about the location of some of the information signs.

He also suggested the Trust should form links with the village’s Heritage Committee.

Councillors voted to back the project and set up a working group with Coun Keegan as their representative.