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There’s been much encouraging talk lately about how to get people back into Spalding town centre... and Angel knows how!
As a big fan of the old Flower Parade, it was great to see hundreds of people milling around Tulipmania on Saturday, but on driving to work on Bank Holiday Monday morning double that amount of people could be seen at the car boot sale near the Baytree roundabout.
So give the whole town over to car booters and watch the footfall flood in!
* While on the subject of Tulipmania, Angel had to smile as she observed who was and wasn’t at the event on Saturday.
Lots and lots of families enjoying themselves, but a huge amount of the dignitaries who usually enjoy the pre-parade civic meal were absent!
One local VIP who was there was our local MP John Hayes, and, love him or loathe him, you must admit he supports his constituency.
Angel understands he attended all of South Holland’s 20-plus church flower festivals. Only Guardian and Free Press photographer Tim Wilson can equal that.
* Angel had to chuckle the other day as she watched a couple throwing food to the ducks in the Welland. It wasn’t stale bread that was going into the river, but rice cakes! Perhaps they discovered how tasteless they are and thought a bit of river murk would make them tastier.
* Angel wishes now she had stopped longer outside the shop in the Crescent which a few weeks ago had a sign in the window saying something along the lines of, ‘A truly happy person enjoys the countryside while on a diversion’. Remember that when you’re stuck in holiday traffic this summer, with the inevitable hold-ups and occasional diversions.
*The earliest and truest piece of advice ever given to Angel about journalism was “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.
That rang true when one of Angel’s friends went looking for an outdoor coat to wear to work.
Their first stop was a clothes shop in Spalding where the owner and customer both took an oath of trust, with the customer walking out of the shop with the coat which was paid for 24 hours later.
Angel is struggling to think of more than a handful of shops that would have been so trusting.
* Drivers are always advised to plan their route before setting out – but what if the route isn’t worth the paper it’s written on?
Another confidante of Angel’s went in search of a football cup final in Yaxley, near Peterborough, but ended up abandoning the trip when they realised how difficult Yaxley was to find. So much for advance planning.