Daisy takes Spalding Flower Queen crown

Crowning moment: outgoing Spalding Flower Queen Claire Allen hands the tiara to Daisy Ivatt, watched by (from left) Charlotte Jackson, Daniella Barber, Sophia Earl and Steph Morley.

Crowning moment: outgoing Spalding Flower Queen Claire Allen hands the tiara to Daisy Ivatt, watched by (from left) Charlotte Jackson, Daniella Barber, Sophia Earl and Steph Morley.

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THE Spalding Flower Queen 2011 has been crowned.

Daisy Ivatt got the judges’ vote at a special ceremony in Ayscoughfee Hall Museum in Spalding on Friday afternoon.

She is 23 and from Northorpe Road in Donington. And Daisy is likely to enjoy her year on the ‘big stage’ and be very comfortable as she’s used to being in front of audiences. She’s appeared in many amateur dramatic productions and is head of drama at Gleed Boys’ School in Spalding.

Daisy was inspired to enter the competition by her granddad Eric Ivatt (known as Papa) who had always hoped she would be Flower Queen one day.

Daisy said: “I’m so happy and excited to win, I never expected to. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and thought all of the contestants and judges were fantastic.

“I aim to really try to make a difference this year by getting as many people from all the corners of the area involved as much as possible so that it becomes the people’s parade.”

She says her strengths are having a positive attitude, being a good leader and problem solver and having excellent teamwork skills.

Daisy was crowned by outgoing Spalding Flower Queen Claire Allen, who had earlier said how much she’d enjoyed her reign and urged the winner to savour every moment “as it goes very quickly”.

Daisy added: “I feel honoured to take over from Claire after the great job she did.”

There was tough competition for the crown, but Daisy stood out for the panel of six judges – Jan Whitbourn (Tulip Radio), Nigel Chapman (acting deputy editor of the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian), Rachel Green (top Lincolnshire chef), Judy Theobald (BBC Radio Lincolnshire broadcaster) and Rob Davis (editor of Lincolnshire Pride magazine).

In previous years the selection and crowning of the new Flower Queen has been a much more flambuoyant high-profile evening affair with dinner at the South Holland Centre. The new low-key format was part of changes by Kenyon Communications, which is organising Spalding Flower Parade for the first time this year.

It had been anticipated that a preliminary interview session would be necessary, but a severe lack of entries deemed that unnecessary. In the end, there were five entrants – Daisy and Dannielle Barber (18), of Rotten Row, Pinchbeck; Sophia Earl (17), of Austendyke Road, Weston Hills; Cassandra Jackson (17), of Edinburgh Walk, West Pinchbeck; and Steph Morley (18), of Abbots Way, Spalding.