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Good News in Leicester as Cathedral Square Relocation Plans are Confirmed

Phil Groom writes:

THE UNCERTAINTY that has hung over Christian Resources, the former SPCK Bookshop in Leicester, since the sad death of Peter Hebden (who was sole proprietor) has come to an end at last. The following brief announcement was posted to the Christian Resources Leicester facebook group on Monday 20th Dec 2010:

Christian Resources Leicester: WE ARE MOVING!

Christian Resources Leicester - WE ARE MOVING! We can now officially tell you that we will be relocating to a BRAND NEW SHOP next March as part of the new Cathedral Square Development next to Leicester Cathedral. More news coming soon....!!

In February, when I last reported on the situation in Leicester, it was hoped that the new premises would become available during the autumn of this year, but this was delayed. Although the bookshop itself isn’t specifically mentioned, this video, presented by Pete Hobson, Project Director, gives an insight into the development:

I have to say that for me personally it’s all very nostalgic: this was my school! That gym you see is where I had PE lessons and those upstairs rooms are where we had our science lessons, oh yes! And if you seriously think those little wooden knobs would stop teenage boys sliding down the bannisters, you were never a teenage boy!! And now — somewhere — the place is going to be home to Leicester’s leading Christian bookshop: bring it on!

Peter Hebden, RIP

Phil Groom writes:

With great sadness, today we report the loss of Peter Hebden, former SPCK bookseller and the driving force behind the relaunch of Leicester’s former SPCK Bookshop as Christian Resources in November 2007.

I understand that Peter’s death, during the morning of Monday 9th November, followed a short illness, but have no further details at this stage.

We take this opportunity to offer deepest condolences and sympathy to Peter’s family, friends and colleagues.

Melanie Carroll, a former colleague and now owner of Unicorn Tree Books, Lincoln, writes:

Peter was a committed Christian and bookseller and invested much of himself into the Leicester Shop.

He had a good sense of humour, though on the dry side and will be surely missed by those who knew him and worked with him.