Giant butterfly is parade ‘star’

Gleed's blue butterfly handcart in the background with, from left, back ' People's Parade chairman Ian Smee, parade publicity officer Kate Alexander, head girl Sophie Rodgers, teaching assistant Lisa Creasey, head boy Josh Baldwin; front ' Liberty Studd, Lucy Doubleday, Anna Withers and Francesca Ward. Photo (Tim Wilson): SG060614-108TW

Gleed's blue butterfly handcart in the background with, from left, back ' People's Parade chairman Ian Smee, parade publicity officer Kate Alexander, head girl Sophie Rodgers, teaching assistant Lisa Creasey, head boy Josh Baldwin; front ' Liberty Studd, Lucy Doubleday, Anna Withers and Francesca Ward. Photo (Tim Wilson): SG060614-108TW

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A gigantic blue butterfly is spreading its wings at Sir John Gleed School – and soon it will be one of the stars in Spalding People’s Parade.

Staff and pupils are putting in hours of work to complete their mini-float for the big parade on Sunday, June 22.

The Spalding school is home to a big day of entertainment on parade day and it will also be the starting point for a parade of around 20 handcart floats, which will leave the school at about 1pm for a tour of Neville Avenue, Maple Grove, Albert Street, High Street, Churchgate, Love Lane, Halmer Gate and Halmer Gardens.

Organisers of Spalding People’s Parade – a successor event to the Flower Parade – say their plans have come together, with bands booked and entertainment arranged, but they still need volunteers to help.

Parade organiser Kate Alexander said: “I have been approached by many lovely locals who have been involved or have watched Spalding Flower Parade over the years and are really pleased that the town has a new, fresh start.

“All of the people I have spoken to have offered help, which is great but we still need more.”

Organisers are looking for parade marshals, car park attendants, general helpers, event registration officials and dressmakers/cart decorators. Volunteer opportunities are being advertised through the Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service, which can be contacted on 01775 717008.

Kate and People’s Parade chairman Ian Smee visited Sir John Gleed School on Friday to see the school’s handcart float taking shape.

Teaching assistant Lisa Creasey said the butterfly stands about 7ft tall and it will have a large yellow flower to make it look like the butterfly is landing on the flower.

It will also be decorated with photographs of Gleed pupils and their families, past and present, and be accompanied by 40 families – 20 in front and 20 behind – on parade day.

Lisa said: “We are encouraging everyone involved to make their own butterfly wings to wear for the parade – and the best one will get a prize.”

Ian Smee and John Atkinson have been busy delivering parade handcarts to Definitions Health and Fitness Gym, The Priory School, LIVES, Accountancy Plus and many more local businesses and schools.

Schoolchildren were invited to design a logo for the parade and the winner is Evelynn Fuller (11), from Spalding Primary School.