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Spondon Aflame 1990

In 1990 we commemmorated the burning of Spondon in 1340 with "Spondon Aflame".  It involved the whole village.  First there was a naming and a logo competition, this logo then being used by the Post Office for first day covers.  There was a mediaeval market held in specially closed Potter Street; an exhibition of historical documents and artefacts in the Malt Shovel; a delivery of special beer by Bass shire horses to the Malt Shovel and White Swan; a musical play "Fire" at West Park School; a Pageant on West Park School grounds; a special service by the Bishop of Repton at the Parish Church, with new vestments and altar piece; window displays and memorabilia sale by many shopkeepers; children's sports and fancy dress competition on the St. Werburgh's School field; and for a finale, a massive firework display.  Many people put in hours of work making costumes and bunting.

I have deliberately not mentioned any names, but feel I must give special mention to Geoffrey Marshall, the then Vicar of Spondon, whose idea started the ball rolling.  On the first morning I remember seeing him up a lamp post securing bunting.

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