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Countdown to Spalding’s Tulipmania and festival programme

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Thousands of tulip heads have been pinned onto static floats and final preparations are being made for Bank Holiday weekend’s Tulipmania Festival in Spalding.

The Free Press sent reporter Adele Norris to Springfields ahead of tomorrow’s procession, which is being held to ensure float building skills from the Spalding Flower Parade and the area’s tulip growing heritage is not forgotten.

Adele caught up with David Norton, chief executive of Springfields Horticultural Society, and was very impressed with one of the static displays that will be on show – a dalek that took three people a day to build and has over 5,000 tulips pinned on it.

Full details about the festival are in this week’s Spalding Guardian, along with coverage of South Holland’s church flower festivals and a preview of Sunday’s Tuliptime festival and parade in Moulton Chapel.

Here is the programme of events at Tulipmania:

SATURDAY: THE ARENA

10.30am Watoto Ugandan Children’s Choir

11am, 1.30pm and 3pm Bourne Karts (demonstration)

11.20am Eden Parish (singer)

11.30am Major Dennis Hannant (singer)

Noon Tulipmania Prince and Princess Competition to be judged by John Hayes, MP for South Holland and The Deepings, Major Dennis Hannant and Jeremy Ransome, editor of the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian.

1pm CJ Hatt (singer/songwriter)

1.50pm Diamondz Dance

2pm Tulipmania Procession

2.15pm Taekwondo (demonstration)

2.35pm Spalding Marching Ambassadors

PATIO CAFE ARENA

12.45pm Spalding Marching Ambassadors

1.10pm Diamondz Dance

1.35pm Taekwondo (demonstration)

2pm Eden Parish (soloist)

2.20pm Major Dennis Hannant (singer)

FESTIVAL GARDENS

11.45am Spalding Marching Ambassadors

12.10pm Diamondz Dance

12.35pm Taekwondo (demonstration)

1.15pm Eden Parish (singer)

1.35pm Major Dennis Hannant (singer)

SUNDAY: THE ARENA

11am and 2.30pm Peterborough Highland Pipe Band

11.25am Meg McPartlin (singer/songwriter)

12.15pm Major Dennis Hannant (singer)

12.45pm Eden Parish (singer)

1pm Ethan Thomas (singer)

1.30pm Hand Drawn by Crayons (demonstration)

2pm Neon Youth Theatre

PATIO CAFE AREA

11.30am Ethan Thomas (singer)

Noon Neon Youth Theatre

12.15pm Hand Drawn by Crayons

12.45pm Peterborough Highland Pipe Band

1.20pm Meg McPartlin (singer/songwriter)

2pm Major Dennis Hannant (singer)

2.30pm Eden Parish (singer)

FESTIVAL GARDENS

11am Hand Drawn by Crayons (demonstration)

11.30am Major Dennis Hannant (singer)

Noon Peterborough Highland Pipe Band

12.20pm Eden Parish (singer)

12.45pm Meg McPartlin (singer/songwriter)

1.15pm Neon Youth Theatre

2pm Ethan Thomas (singer)

 

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