Heads up for helpers for the Flower Parade

Our Flower Parade float design competition winner Sophie Oldfield takes her first look at her Five-a-Day float as it awaits decoration for the big day. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG040412-120TW
Our Flower Parade float design competition winner Sophie Oldfield takes her first look at her Five-a-Day float as it awaits decoration for the big day. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG040412-120TW

VOLUNTEER “headers” and stewards are needed to help out at this year’s Flower Parade which is just a month away.

Fixing tulip heads to the floats – known as heading – needs all hands on deck and at least 60 people will be required on each of the three days before the parade, May 2, 3 and 4.

And the organisers are looking for a further 20 volunteers to serve as stewards so the floats can travel around the town centre without anyone being hurt.

Parade manager Kathleen Codd, of Kenyon Communications, said: “You may have been involved in the past or perhaps you would like to get involved in 2012 for the first time. In either case, we would love you to get in touch.

“The fully foamed frames need to be covered in thousands of tulip heads.

“You will be amazed as the ghost-like white structures are transformed into a stunning blaze of colour.

“Stewards are an essential part of parade day to ensure that floats can travel safely around the route without fear of anyone being injured.

“With approximately 50,000 visitors descending on Spalding on parade day, crowd safety is of paramount importance.”

If you can help out in any way, or would like to know more, please contact Kathleen at Kenyon Communications on 01673 828764 or send an email to kathleen@kenyon-communications.com

l The 54th Flower Parade takes place on Saturday, May 5 with a theme of Food Glorious Food.

One talented South Holland youngster, Sophie Oldfield (11), from Lutton, designed a float called Five-a-Day to remind us all to stay healthy by eating lots of fruit and vegetables.

Sophie’s entry won our float design competition and yesterday she saw it, fully foamed, for the first time in Holbeach.

She said: “It’s amazing.”

Sophie can’t wait to see Five-a-Day fully covered in glorious tulips and is even more excited at the prospect of riding on her own float on parade day.

She attends Peele Community College in Long Sutton.