Gainsborough

A Danish homeware retailer will open a brand new store at Marshalls Yard in Gainsborough, replacing the former DW Fitness unit.

JYSK, the largest Danish retailer in the world, will open the 12,570 sq. ft. store at the Gainsborough shopping complex this August.

It will be on the ground floor of the old DW Fitness unit, which closed down after the company went into administration in August 2020. A new gym opened upstairs.

The new store will be located at Marshall’s Yard in Gainsborough.

The shop will be just the third JYSK store to open in Lincolnshire, joining branches in Lincoln and Grantham.

Charlotte Toplass, of the Marshalls Yard Centre management team, said: “JYSK will be a fabulous addition to Marshalls Yard and we are looking forward to their launch in August this year.

“With home improvements proving really popular in the current climate, it is the perfect time to introduce a homeware store where our shoppers can pick up on trend furniture and décor.”

Work will begin to restore the pride in some of Gainsborough’s most visible buildings from May as part of a £2 million restoration project.

The Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) aims to restore the “historic heart of Gainsborough” by improving the standard of repair and reinstating the original appearance of properties within the town centre conservation area.

Buildings on Lord Street and on the Market Place will be restored.

Lord Street in Gainsborough in the 1800s (right) and a building on the street eligible in the scheme (right). | Photo: Gainsborough Heritage Centre/WLDC

Lord Street was originally called Pottergate and it was destroyed by a fire in 1774.

It was rebuilt by the lord of the manor at the time and was renamed Lord Street.

Many of the older shops in the Market Place were originally grand 18th century townhouses.

Market Place in Gainsborough in the 1920s (left) and a building on the street that is eligible to be restored (right). | Photo: Gainsborough Heritage Centre/WLDC

Theresa Workman, Townscape Heritage Activity Co-ordinator, said: “We are getting ready to begin our incredible opportunity, to restore the very heart of Gainsborough Town centre.

“By restoring pride in some of the town’s most visible buildings on the Market Place and on Lord Street, we want to bring the town back to its former glory – full of character and prospering, with residents’ pride in their local town centre renewed.

“On top of beginning the work to restore the buildings this year, we are committed to planning a range of fun activities to promote and enjoy the journey the town is about to go on.”

A programme of events for 2021 has been released by the team working on the scheme, which is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and delivered by West Lindsey District Council.

2021 event programme

The following events will take place subject to government restrictions and guidelines:

Merrye Olde Market on Lord Street – April 13

A historic street market with 12 stalls, Georgian dancers, vikings and more. Each stall will feature people in costume and celebrate links to Gainsborough’s history.

Beginning of development on listed buildings – May

There will be Historic Heart Boards explaining the history of the buildings scheduled to be restored and how they are going to be improved and restored over the next few months and years.

The team at THI will also soon be organising training with shop workers in town centre stores to learn and promote the heritage of Gainsborough.

College students and volunteers will also assisted with the project.

Heritage trails – summer

Downloadable and printed leaflets containing trails to follow that take in the sights and attractions of Gainsborough town centre will be launched in the summer of 2021.

Big Draw Event – September

The THI team will hold their own free Big Draw Event. Working with a local artist, residents will have the opportunity to create art work in an outdoor space, contributing to a large, displayed piece of artwork.

A mother who attacked police officers arresting her son has been jailed for three months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Lesley Wilkinson, 45, of High Street, Blyton, near Gainsborough, punched one officer in the face and then kicked him in the groin.

She went on to kick a second officer in the head during the incident at her home in the village of Blyton.

Eunice Opare-Addo, prosecuting, said that officers went to the family home in December 2019 as part of an investigation into an incident that occurred earlier in the day.

Jordan Kirman, Wilkinson’s son, was arrested at the house and then a Special Constable went to arrest Wilkinson.

Miss Opare-Addo said: “Lesley Wilkinson became obstructive and punched the officer to the left side of the face making contact with the left cheek.

“The defendant began screaming and shouting. She kicked the officer in the groin area and then continued to kick out at the right side of his leg.

“She was escorted past Jordan Kirman, who was being detained. She was being aggressive and confrontational.

“As she walked past, she kicked twice at the officer detaining her son. One kick contacted the officer’s head and the second contacted the right elbow.”

Miss Opare-Addo said that as Wilkinson was being restrained a third officer suffered an injury to his right arm.

Lesley Wilkinson admitted two charges of assaulting an emergency worker and a further charge of obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duty as a result of the incident on December 22, 2019. She was jailed for three months.

Judge John Pini QC, passing sentence, told her: “I accept you felt aggrieved but that does not justify what you did.

“This court will not tolerate deliberate assaults on police officers. In your case there has to be an immediate custodial sentence.”

Jordan Kirman, 20, of the same address, admitted obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duty.

He also admitted being in breach of a suspended jail sentence imposed for an offence of assault.

He was given a three-month community order with a three-month night-time curfew.

Mark Watson, for Wilkinson, said that an ongoing feud with another family resulted in police calling at her home.

He said that Wilkinson was the innocent party in that matter and intended to call police to complain of an assault, but the other family got in ahead of her and made their call first.

“What then took place is in the context of Lesley Wilkinson being assaulted herself and then being arrested. That gave rise to a strained situation and she reacted badly when the police called.”

Mr Watson said that Wilkinson later faced a Magistrates Court trial over the incident which led to her police visiting her home and she was acquitted after citing self-defence.

He told the court that Wilkinson has mental health problems and he urged that any prison sentence should be suspended.

Leanne Summers, for Kirman, said: “When the police arrested him, he was initially compliant but then became concerned about the way police were treating his mother. In hindsight he realises he could have handled the situation better.”

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