Now it’s up to you! That is the message to the people of Spalding after the Bank Holiday weekend saw festivals across South Holland working hard to keep the district’s floral heritage alive.
The focus on Saturday – traditionally the day Spalding Flower Parade attracted up to 100,000 people from all over the country, boosting hotel business and visitors to the area’s church flower festivals – was the Tulipmania festival and procession at Springfields in Spalding.
No-one ever expected it to have the same pulling power, but with 5,000 visitors over the two days it was a start.
MP John Hayes stood by a static display of one of the hand-pushed displays to feature in the new People’s Parade in June and said he was thrilled the Spalding Horticultural Society, who organised the event along with Jan Whitbourn of Tulip Radio, had been able to keep the legacy of the flower parade alive.
He said: “This event is a good way of kicking off the celebration of our heritage, community and the church flower festivals.
“And adding to that we have the People’s Parade, which will be a new slant on the flower parade and involve schools and the community. Now it’s up to local people to get behind it.
“Never let anyone tell me the flower parade is over. It may be changing, but it’s going to keep going forever.”