New ideas needed to save popular village parade

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One of South Holland’s most popular community events could go the way of Spalding’s flower parade unless more people come forward to run it.

Moulton Chapel Tuliptime Parade, which traditionally takes place on May Bank Holiday Sunday – the day after the town centre event – has been running for more than 25 years, but one of the driving forces behind it has said “new blood” is needed to take it forward.

Eddy Poll, Moulton parish and Lincolnshire county councillor says he has put many years into organising the event, but is now struggling to meet all the demands on his time.

He said: “I’ve been doing it for 20 years and I think it’s time for someone else to have a go. This will be my last year as chairman, I really just do not have the time to give it my all.

“After all those years you run out of ideas, it’s time someone else came in with a fresh pair of eyes.”

Mr Poll said many of the current committee are from the older generation and is urging more younger people to get involved to save the parade for generations to come.

He said: “It needs new blood and new energy.

“It would be very sad to see the event go because I think there’s a lot more life in it yet.”

The event costs between £1,000 and £1,500 a year – raised by the committee through a variety of community events.

Anyone interested in getting involved can contact Mr Poll on 01406 380470.