Invitation to shape future of parade

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More than 100 tickets have been snapped up for a meeting to discuss the replacement for Spalding’s Flower Parade.

But there is still a hope that even more people will have their say at the event, at Spalding’s South Holland Centre from 11am to 1pm on Saturday.

It will be chaired by South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes, who was a passionate supporter of the flower parade and a keen advocate of replacing it with something “as good or better” in 2014.

The idea on the table is for a week-long event, possibly in June, which could begin with a “people’s parade” and end with a food festival celebrating the district’s heritage.

Mr Hayes said: “More than 100 people have already booked their tickets, which is great.

“It will be my job to listen to what people have to say about what they want to happen and how we can take the parade forward.

“I am absolutely determined we should begin a new tradition.

“A fresh start is going to come out of this and it needs to be shaped by people’s vision of what the future parade should be like.

“One chapter may have ended but another can begin if the people of Spalding get behind it.

“The flower parade was a tradition for more than half a century and people say it’s one of the things the area is best known for – it brings communities together, so as the MP 
I want to do all I can to help 
us build on the best of what we’ve got.

“It doesn’t need to be the same, but it can be as good or even better.”

To secure free tickets for the meeting, contact South Holland Centre box office on 01775 764777 by the end of tomorrow.