Hughes cheers up Spalding with window display

The Hughes Electrical store in Spalding has been praised for using its shop windows to celebrate the historic importance of the site it now occupies.

Graham Boor, a salesman at the Spalding store, was tasked to do something “interesting and attractive” with the shop window after the Spalding & District Civil Society highlighted how many town-centre shops had unattractive window displays.

Mr Boor approached the Society to see if they could work together to come up with a mutually acceptable solution.

“The agreed way forward was to use historic images that depicted the site’s previous uses, along with accompanying text, which is what we have now done,” he said.

“We have been delighted with the response from customers, while it’s also nice when people take the time to stop and look, while giving members of staff great pride in what we have achieved.”

Added managing director Robert Hughes: “As a business we are guests in the town and it is only right that we work to be good neighbours in this vibrant local community.”

The Hughes store, in Sheep Market, was originally a prison built in 1826 and has also been a drill hall and garage. In 1927, the Regent Cinema opened and remained until 1959 when the building became a bank and then a restaurant immediately before Hughes took over the premises in 2013.