Please turn out for big parade!

The parade passing by Ayscoughfee Gardens  last year.
The parade passing by Ayscoughfee Gardens last year.
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Spalding People’s Parade will be bigger and better this year – and all it really needs now is your support.

A great day of entertainment is lined up at Sir John Gleed School from 11am on Sunday, May 24 – with free entry – and there will be a fabulous parade of decorated handcarts, starting from the school around 1pm.

The schools, charities and businesses have worked so hard on these carts and they really want a chance to show them off.

Parade manager Bruce Alexander

Parade manager Bruce Alexander says the procession through town can only be a success “if the people of Spalding and surrounding areas come out onto the streets and watch the parade as it goes by”.

He continued: “There are many great spots to stand and it is only an hour-long parade. The schools, charities and businesses have worked so hard on these carts and they really want a chance to show them off.”

The route will take the parade along Halmer Gardens, Maple Grove, Albert Street, High Street, Church Gate, Love Lane, Halmergate and Neville Avenue – so grab your family and friends, some garden chairs and pick a great spot to see the action.

At Sir John Gleed School there will be children’s rides from Roger Tuby’s funfair, a variety of live music, a licensed bar and indoor and outdoor craft stalls, as well as a host of charity stalls from groups like the Lions and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Schools and community groups are entering lots of decorated carts in the parade and this year they will be judged by MP John Hayes, who will award one, two and three star certificates to reward their efforts.

The people on parade will collect for the Spalding People’s Parade charitable organisation and all of the money will go the various charities involved with the event.

Committee member Kate Alexander said: “The event site will be great entertainment all day and does not have to cost you a penny. There is free entry, free parking, free musical entertainment and a free parade to watch – what more could you ask for?”