Carr’s Caistor masterpiece now on display

Caistor Mayor John Burns-Salmond with conservator Ali Allenby.  (Lin)
Caistor Mayor John Burns-Salmond with conservator Ali Allenby. (Lin)
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A five foot long watercolour depicting Caistor Market Place has been fully restored and now hangs in Caistor Town Hall.

The painting was created in the late 1980s or early 90s by acclaimed Lincolnshire artist Colin Carr.

It was one of the largest paintings ever created by Carr and was part of his personal collection, before being loaned to St James School in Grimsby.

A group of Caistor residents bought the painting at auction and donated it to the town through the town council.

It was stored in the old council offices where the restoration work was carried out by Ali Allenby, BA Honours in Conservation and Restoration.

“I’ve worked at restoring the picture over a space of 10 days, spending 16- 17 hours per day,” said Ali, who works for the Lincolnshire Co-operative Society.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to give a little bit to the community.”

Installation of the painting has been paid for through the WLDC Councillor Initiative Fund.

The restored painting was unveiled by Caistor Mayor Coun John Burns-Salmond who presented Ali with a bouquet of flowers.