Tulip Radio’s big day for South Holland schoolchildren and veterans

Children from Wygate Park Academy who took part in the school choir competition. SG021216-108TW
Children from Wygate Park Academy who took part in the school choir competition. SG021216-108TW

Young and old were in the spotlight when Spalding’s Tulip Radio held its Christmas School Choir Competition and Veterans Badge presentation.

Choirs from South Holland and The Deepings schools entertained before joint winners, Westmere from Sutton Bridge and Gedney, were crowned.

School choirs competition, St John's Church, Hawthorn Bank, Spalding - Jan Whitbourn at Tulip Radio. Pics during lunch braeak
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School choirs competition, St John's Church, Hawthorn Bank, Spalding - Jan Whitbourn at Tulip Radio. Pics during lunch braeak Aycoughfee ANL-160412-093845001

Linchfield Community Primary, from Deeping St James, was second and Spalding’s Wygate Park Academy third.

The event was supported by MP John Hayes, who presented the Veterans Badge to the worthy recipients.

Jan Whitbourn, from Tulip Radio, said: “Teachers and children all had a great time and the veterans were great.

“John Hayes was amazing as always, gave each one his time and was very kind to them.”

Members of The Priory School choir take a break. SG021216-109TW

Members of The Priory School choir take a break. SG021216-109TW

The school choirs competition has been held outdoors in recent years as part of the Spalding’s Christmas celebrations but this year it was moved indoors to St John the Baptist Church on Hawthorn Bank.

There was a varied programme of music with songs including White Christmas, Shine, Must be Santa and Jingle Bells.

Jan said: “The children all seemed to enjoy what they sang and were very excited when they saw Father Christmas appear to give them a present. We are really grateful to everyone who helped us stage this event.”

Veterans were all smiles too. SG021216-119TW

Veterans were all smiles too. SG021216-119TW

Patriotic: St Pauls Primary pupils. SG021216-112TW

Patriotic: St Pauls Primary pupils. SG021216-112TW

Hammond family panto characters entertain. SG021216-118TW

Hammond family panto characters entertain. SG021216-118TW

In the audience: guests enjoy the day. SG021216-115TW

In the audience: guests enjoy the day. SG021216-115TW