Children needed for ‘promising’ parade

Flashback to 2011: George, aka Bob Bradley of the Rotary Club of South Holland, and the dragon float. Photo: SG300411-692TW
Flashback to 2011: George, aka Bob Bradley of the Rotary Club of South Holland, and the dragon float. Photo: SG300411-692TW

PREPARATIONS for this year’s Spalding Flower Parade are in full swing but there’s still one thing missing from the line-up...a flock of blackbirds.

With little more than two weeks to go before parade day on Saturday, May 5, the organisers have issued a plea for a group to come forward to fill the fantastic costumes as those originally planned to take the spot had to pull out.

Parade manager Kathleen Codd said: “We need a group of children aged between eight and 14 that could participate as we’re looking for a flock of blackbirds.

“The costumes are ready and it would be a shame to let them go to waste.”

The parade place, which will include walking behind a float, must be filled by a group rather than individuals because of child protection issues.

Other preparations for the 54th annual event are in full swing, with the floats almost ready to be moved to the heading sheds on Sunday.

Kathleen, who is managing the parade for the second year, was in the tulip fields yesterday to check on the blooms: “I am thrilled to bits with the tulips. The colours are amazing and the flower heads are a really good size. We will start picking them on Monday.”

She added: “Last year we were thrown in at the deep end and we weren’t sure what we should be doing at what times. This year I feel a lot happier knowing what’s going to come and what to prepare for.”

l Any groups interested in becoming blackbirds for the parade should call Kathleen or assistant parade manager Helen Clark on 01673 828764 or 07749 797274.