Spalding Pumpkin Festival was “the best ever”

Hundreds of people were in Market Place for the spectacular fireworks finale. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG071016-159TW
Hundreds of people were in Market Place for the spectacular fireworks finale. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG071016-159TW

Huge crowds partied in the streets at the Spalding Pumpkin Festival and parade on Friday.

Coun Gary Taylor, a portfolio holder with organisers South Holland District Council, said: “I’ve already had feedback from people telling me this was the best pumpkin festival ever.

“The town centre was filled with people of all ages enjoying themselves.

“The carnival element of the parade provided by Transported really added a vibrancy to the event which was topped off with a spectacular firework display. The atmosphere in the town centre throughout the day and evening was fantastic proving that Pumpkin Festival remains one of the highlights of the event calendar. We’d like to thank David Bowman for his support again this year.”

David Bowman Pumpkins Ltd sponsors the event – supplying pumpkins to schools – and the festival is supported by Spalding and Welland Rotary Club, Spalding Lions, Tulip Radio and Transported.

During the day, shoppers were browsing around charity stalls and youngsters were helping Crescent traders find wild animals in their windows in a fun competition. Highlights of the night were the big parade and the fireworks spectacular.

One of the carnival characters from Flight of Fantasy in the parade. SG071016-169TW

One of the carnival characters from Flight of Fantasy in the parade. SG071016-169TW

Pumpkin Queen Isobel Wilkinson with her carriage. SG071016-165TW

Pumpkin Queen Isobel Wilkinson with her carriage. SG071016-165TW

Reggie Sauntson with his Day of the Dead character. SG071016-160TW

Reggie Sauntson with his Day of the Dead character. SG071016-160TW

Spalding Pumpkin parade daytime
Simon Harrison of Crescent Traders meets Molly Smith at the pumpkin patch ANL-160910-104037001

Spalding Pumpkin parade daytime Simon Harrison of Crescent Traders meets Molly Smith at the pumpkin patch ANL-160910-104037001

Some of the entrants in the Tulip Radio and Spalding Lions fancy dress. SG071016-147TW

Some of the entrants in the Tulip Radio and Spalding Lions fancy dress. SG071016-147TW

PCSO Emma Simpson and her painted pumpkin. SG071016-127TW

PCSO Emma Simpson and her painted pumpkin. SG071016-127TW

Bourne Borderers Morris entertain. SG071016-180TW

Bourne Borderers Morris entertain. SG071016-180TW

Polka Dot Beauty and the Beast characters at the pumpkin festival. SG071016-139TW

Polka Dot Beauty and the Beast characters at the pumpkin festival. SG071016-139TW

Moulton Harrox schoolchildren dance in the parade. SG071016-164TW

Moulton Harrox schoolchildren dance in the parade. SG071016-164TW

Market Place was crowded for the festival. SG071016-181TW

Market Place was crowded for the festival. SG071016-181TW