PROMS: Glamour, glitz...and wheelbarrows in Spalding

Daniella Appleby and Jamie-Lee Kellow with their Veedub at Springfields. Photo: SG060712-188TW
Daniella Appleby and Jamie-Lee Kellow with their Veedub at Springfields. Photo: SG060712-188TW

YEAR 11 pupils from Spalding and Crowland put on the style on Friday for their spectacular proms.

Boys and girls from Sir John Gleed School were joined at Springfields by pupils from Spalding High and Spalding Grammar schools.

Daniel Crowhurst had a leisurely ride to Springfields courtesy of a pony and carriage driven by George and Nicola McConnor. Photo: SG060712-220TW

Daniel Crowhurst had a leisurely ride to Springfields courtesy of a pony and carriage driven by George and Nicola McConnor. Photo: SG060712-220TW

Some 170 students attended and it took two hours for all the arrivals as the prom goers hitched rides in everything from top of the range Bentleys to lowly wheelbarrows.

Student Tom Parrin had a Simpsons party bus all to himself, Daniel Crowhurst made a stylish entrance aboard a pony-drawn carriage and Sam Godman rode in on horse Poppet.

It was a more poignant affair in Crowland as former St Guthlac School held its last ever Year 11 prom. The school is now part of University Academy Holbeach and future Year 11s will go to the Holbeach campus rather than Crowland.

Around 50 students attended the prom in the hall decorated with a silk marquee lining donated for the night by Jo and Steve Strickland.

The setting was made all the more spectacular with greenery supplied by Crowland Garden Centre. The event was organised by teaching assistant Caroline Nightingale.

Mrs Nightingale said: “This was the best one ever. It’s always sad but we went out with a bang.”

She has her own reason to be thankful to the Year 11 pupils.

She was recently diagnosed with leukaemia and students held a non-uniform day so they could donate £150 to Peterborough City Hospital’s haematology department.

Mrs Nightingale said: “They do deserve a big thank you because they have been an absolutely wonderful year group.”

Among highlights of the night were singing performances by art teacher Matt Carter and Mick Croft, one of the friends of the school.

• For more pictures see the Lincolnshire Free Press dated July 10 and/or visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto