REVIEW OF THE YEAR: MAY

Tulipmania Springfields festival'Prince/ss winners Georgie Van Dyke and Joshua Porter ANL-140405-163355001
Tulipmania Springfields festival'Prince/ss winners Georgie Van Dyke and Joshua Porter ANL-140405-163355001

First Tulipmania a success

The first Tulipmania event took place at Springfields in Spalding, attempting to fill the void left by the axed Spalding Flower Parade.

Spalding Horticultural Society organised the event along with Jan Whitbourn of Tulip Radio, helping to keep the 
legacy of the flower parade alive.

* Sam Watson of Spalding was named the first competitive female body builder in the UK.

Sam had to fight life-changing injuries to reach the top as she had been disabled in a serious car accident seven years earlier.

* Spalding-based choir The Priory Singers was facing the axe after 40 years.

The choir had raised about £50,000 for charity over the years, but was at risk of breaking up for good after the resignation of musical director Malcolm Grief.

* Lincolnshire Free Press work experience reporter Alexia Hendrickson interviewed the new head of Spalding High School, Michele Anderson. Ms Anderson replaced former headmaster Tim Clark.

* More than 30 community groups were on standby to run Lincolnshire’s libraries as a date was set for a legal challenge to the proposed changes.

* Moulton Chapel had its busiest Tuliptime in a decade as crowds turned out to enjoy the spectacular day.

* South Holland District Council planning committee 
members turned down a 
proposal for a 78-metre high turbine in Sutton St James.

* Readers who contributed to a Spalding Guardian appeal to raise £20,000 towards the cost of treatment for young cerebral palsy sufferer Joshua Holmes were rewarded. We reported the five-year-old had taken his first steps after undergoing pioneering surgery to remove stiffness in his legs.