Voice of South Holland reflects on Tulipmania event

A mix of music and dance entertained Tulipmania's visitors.
A mix of music and dance entertained Tulipmania's visitors.

With no Flower Parade, last weekend saw the first Tulipmania Festival at Spingfields Events Centre celebrating the achievements and heritage of the last 55 years.

The festival was dedicated to the memory of local parade stalwart Robin Chappell whose untimely death was announced last week. His presence was much missed.

Proceedings started with a mesmerising performance from the Watoto School Choir who brought an authentic taste of the sounds and rhythms of Africa to Spalding. Their performance literally stopped people in their tracks and they earned a spectacular ovation at the end of their only performance which was only possible at the last moment after much manoeuvring by organiser Jan Whitbourn. Other entertainment included Bourne Karting Club, soloist Dennis Hannant, Moulton’s Got Talent, Diamondz Dance, Flammable Street Dance and Spalding Marching Ambassadors,

It was a day to remember for Tulipmania Prince Joseph Porter and Princess Georgie Van Dyke, who were in a procession made up of performers, 2013 Flower Queen Inca Honnor and Moulton Chapel’s Queen and Princess, all led by Parade Marshall for many years Adrian Jansen.

Sunday’s entertainment included Peterborough Highland Pipe Band and local musician Meg McPartlin. The day’s main focus though was the Classic Car Show, which attracted a wonderful variety of well over 300 cars.

It’s a credit to the whole team and organiser of performers Jan Whitbourn, on behalf of Springfields, that all who attended enjoyed an eclectic mix of music, entertainment and heritage that hopefully will see them return next year.