Speed legend coming to town

Richard Noble and Bloodhound - coming to the Made In Sleaford event. EMN-150610-102637001
Richard Noble and Bloodhound - coming to the Made In Sleaford event. EMN-150610-102637001

Supersonic land speed record breaker Richard Noble will be guest of honour at the two-day ‘Made In Sleaford’ exhibition celebrating innovation and inventiveness in the town.

Mr Noble held the world land speed record for a car with Thrust 2 and led the team behind the current supersonic record holder Thrust SSC.

He is the keynote speaker at a business and schools reception on Friday alongside a cutaway version of the Bloodhound supersonic car attempting a new land speed record in 2016, equipped with vital components made in Sleaford by SHD Composites.

It’s one of the highlights of a packed two-day exhibition organised by North Kesteven District Council showing everything from BMW racing motorbikes to world-beating agricultural machinery, ‘woolly’ church spires, day old chicks, artists and shabby chic items made in the town. Made in Sleaford will stage exhibits in and around the National Centre for Craft and Design, including Navigation Wharf and Eastgate Green. Schools will attend on the Friday.

Saturday is when the public can see just what’s made in the town with a free, family-friendly fun day of entertainment, music, an aerial dance rig and food producers including kids’ challenges, biscuit decorating and a brand new Sleaford sausage on sale.

Mr Noble will be paying a visit to the SHD factory on Friday to thank the workforce in person. Co-founder of the company, Helen Doughty said he would also learn about a new ambassador training programme being started by SHD in partnership with St George’s Academy where sixth formers will train with the Bloodhound team to be able to lead engineering education sessions with primary schools in the future.

Mrs Doughty said: “It’s lovely having Richard here as well and a good endorsement of all that is going on with the training programme.”

The town’s historic Carlight caravans will be displayed and there are tours of the town to see commercial landmarks from Coggesford Mill, the country’s oldest operating watermill, the Romano mint site and the Bass Maltings, courtesy of Sleafordian coaches.

Sleaford film makers Andrew and Callum Burn of Tin Hat Productions will be staging Saturday showings in Navigation Yard of their film ‘Fray Bentos’ about a British tank stranded in No Man’s Land. Tin Hat is currently filming ‘Our Shining Sword’, the story of a Spitfire ace who must overcome his past to lead a Lancaster bomber crew.

There is also a special Treasure Trail questionnaire with a £100 cash first prize. Only visitors to Made in Sleaford can find all the answers and win their own treasure.