Tulipmania leads the way for new Spalding parade

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Hundreds of people turned out in the sunshine over the Bank Holiday weekend for the Tulipmania Festival and Classic Car Show at Springfrields in Spalding.

On Saturday they were treated to a glimpse of the past with stunning static displays – including the flower queen’s carriage, a tiger’s head, a crown and daleks – pinned with thousands of tulip heads and non-stop entertainment throughout the day.

The highlight was the judging of the prince and princess competition by MP John Hayes and his son, Edward, singer Major Dennis Hannant, who also performed during the day, and Jeremy Ransome, editor of the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian.

Winners were Georgie Van Dyke (10) and Joseph Porter (6), who boarded a train to take part in the procession through Springfields gardens with the other entrants and last year’s Spalding Flower Queen Inca Honnor.

The winners also received a Raleigh bike donated by Gibbons Cycles and Sports, Spalding, and a framed picture from the Free Press and Guardian, and there were goody bags for all the entrants.

Inca, who had sat having her picture taken with visitors in a hand-pinned tulip carriage that last year took the Jersey flower queen around the streets of Spalding in the final flower parade, said she had been thrilled to get the opportunity to wear her pale peppermint, jewelled gown one more time.

She said: “I’m so pleased to have been asked to take part in the weekend and especially have the opportunity to put my dress on again. It’s been really nice to mark the weekend and have the floats here and the shows are great.

“It’s been an amazing year, with summer fetes, the pumpkin parade and, of course, the Jersey flower parade, but the highlight will always be the Spalding Flower Parade.

“It will be something I will carry with me forever and tell my grandchildren about.

As well as the procession, higlights of the weekend included the Ugandan Children’s Choir, demonstrations by Bourne Karts and Diamondz dance group, Spalding Marching Ambassadors, Peterborough Highland Pipe Band, singers Eden Parish, CJ Hatt and Meg McPartlin, and Neon Youth Theatre.

Jan Whitbourn, of Tulip Radio, who organised the event with the Spalding Horticultural Society, said she was also delighted with how the day went.

She said: “It’s gone really well - we’ve had a lot of people here which we didn’t expect. The community has got behind it - we didn’t expect so many people. It’s made people sing and dance which has been great.

“And everyone got a tulip to take home, which is another part of it. Well done to every who took part.”




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