New investment in town heritage could attract royalty

The Angel-2nd where the 2nd phase of the Hertitage Centre is in progress.
The Angel-2nd where the 2nd phase of the Hertitage Centre is in progress.

The second phase of the Brigg Heritage Centre in the Angel building in the market place is underway and when it is opened early next year there could be a royal visitation to the town.

The development will cost in the region of £90,000, with funding provided by Wren and the Leader Programme through North Lincolnshire Council.

Announcing the second phase of development was underway, Coun Rob Waltham, who is leading the project for North Lincolnshire Council, said: “This phase of the centre will focus on different aspects of Brigg, such as the social history of the Ancholme Valley.

“In 2014, because of the centenary of the start in 1914, there will be a focus on the First World War and its impact on the town and surrounding area.”

It is expected the work will be completed by the end of this year and there will be a formal opening early next year.

A request for a royal to formally open this stage of the development has already been made.

Prince Charles came to Brigg in the late 1980s while Princess Diana came as part of the regeneration scheme several years later.

The last royal visit to the rural area was in June 2011, when the Earl of Wessex formally re-opened Kirton Lindsey Town Hall after completion of its restoration work.

Coun Waltham has also pointed out another major developemt with the Heritage Project.

“From January next year the running of the centre will be taken over by the Heritage Centre Charity,” he said.

”So far, North Lincolnshire have run the centre, but this change to charity status was always the plan and hopefully it will run itself.”