Amber to be queen for day at Moulton Chapel parade

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They all looked as pretty as a picture in their party dresses as they dreamed to be royal for a day in the Moulton Chapel Tuliptime festival.

This year the village is celebrating the 35th birthday of the event that in previous years ran alongside the former Spalding Flower Parade over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Last Thursday in the village community centre local poet Benjamin Zephaniah judged the eight contestants and announced the winners of the competition to be queen and princesses for the Tuliptime parade.

The event saw the crowning of Amber Bell (12) as queen, with Matilda Sexton (8) and Sadie Groom (8) as the two supporting princesses.

The lucky winners will now prepare to take their seats as queens and princesses on the train that will ride around the village during the parade in the festival that is due to take place on Sunday, May 4.

In preparation for the parade, various fundraising events have taken place with great success.

The pub quiz night held at the Jolly Farmer in Moulton Chapel, was a popular and well-attended gathering.

With over 70 members of the community taking part in the pub quiz, the Moulton Chapel Tuliptime committee managed to raise well over £250 for the funding of the festival.

With its 35th anniversary looming, Moulton Chapel is looking forward to hosting a variety of events including a show of music, singing and dancing.

The festival will also feature a display of numerous vintage vehicles, including tractors.

There will include a static display of a missile launch.

With music and dance being performed by a number of groups – including the Holbeach Town Band, Endana School of Dance, Boston Grammar School Band and a local bagpipe player – the Moulton Chapel Tuliptime festival will prove to be an exciting event that is not to be missed.

The queen and princesses will also represent the village at the Springfields Festival and Tulipmania event also being held over the May Bank Holiday weekend, where there will be a new procession for Spalding and a variety of static floats and bulb displays.

As part of the new Tulipmania celebration, the Springfields Horticulture Society hopes to arrange two or three of the 2013 parade floats to be decorated with freshly picked tulip heads in order to ensure that the link to the parade’s 55-year float heading tradition is maintained.