Calling the Tune by Tulip Radio

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Last week we welcomed to the studio Coun Eddy Poll, Deputy Leader for Lincolnshire County Council, who popped in for a lively chat about many of the upcoming festivals and events taking place this year in and around Spalding.

With preparations for the upcoming Spalding Flower Parade in full swing, Eddy was in good spirits, talking animatedly about upcoming festivals and events on the calendar for Spalding and its surrounding areas, the big one of course being the final Spalding Flower Parade on May 4.

54 years on from the first official Spalding Tulip Parade, he promised that the 2013 event will be a celebration of the last half century, and will go out with a bang.

Eddy, who lives in Moulton Chapel, was announced as deputy leader of Lincolnshire County Council in 2011.

He has played a part in promoting many local projects to boost employment, tourism and development of the surrounding area, including planning permission for a Business and Innovation Centre for Grantham, work with grants such as the Community Wildlife Grant, and investment to create over 500 new jobs in Lincolnshire.

He also previously led the portfolio for economic development and tourism; the one that led to the Food Heritage Centre in the Red Lion Quarter.

Eddy is also a community representative on the Council Cabinet, and executive member for Economic Development, along with being an executive member of Cultural Services, working within a wide range of areas including regeneration, tourism and cultural services for the county authority.

As a long time Moulton Chapel man, he also spoke with pride of the village’s own parade, of which he is chairman and organiser, which is held every year the day after its Spalding cousin.

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