Thousands turn out for the Pumpkin Parade

Feline groovy: Emily Warren, who came third in the fancy dress competition for children up to the age of four years.
Feline groovy: Emily Warren, who came third in the fancy dress competition for children up to the age of four years.
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UP to 10,000 people took to the streets on Friday for the 11th annual Spalding Pumpkin Parade.

Charity stalls and others set up in Hall Place during the morning and all had a pumpkin theme, including some offering tasty treats made from pumpkin recipes.

Extreme pumpkin carver Johnathon Nicholls, of Farmhouse Chicken Crafts, Gosberton, showed off his devilish skills with the drill and blade as he created an array of fabulous but frightening faces.

Sheep Market was a hive of activity in the evening as youngsters queued to ride the fun fair and try out the trampoline.

The parade was led by Spalding Marching Ambassadors with Flower Queen Daisy Ivatt riding behind in an illuminated pumpkin skeletal coach – and up to 2,000 joined the parade, including scores of children who carried pumpkin face lanterns.

Fireworks over the roof of The South Holland Centre provided a spectacular finale and the musical fireworks from the stage came to a rousing end with an appearance by The Wild Boys.

South Holland District Council deputy leader Nick Worth said: “This was a real treat for all the family to enjoy. A celebration of the harvest and all that is good in South Holland.”

Grower and event sponsor David Bowman – the UK’s biggest producer of pumpkins – gave away hundreds of pumpkins to support the festival.

Mr Bowman said: “I thought it was a very good event and very well attended again. It is just one of those events that doesn’t cost you anything – you can just go along and know you will have a good time.”

The festival was organised by South Holland District Council with support from Welland Centenary Rotary Club, Spalding Lions and event compere Tulip Radio.