Why has our parade been such a success?

Spalding Pumpkin Parade'Parade returns into Bridge Street - Camile Roers with pumpkin ANL-140410-005856009
Spalding Pumpkin Parade'Parade returns into Bridge Street - Camile Roers with pumpkin ANL-140410-005856009

Cabinet Call by South Holland District Council deputy leader Nick Worth

I was reminded last Friday by a reporter from Radio Lincolnshire that I had been championing the Spalding Pumpkin Festival for 14 years since its inception and I don’t think either of us realised then or fully understand now why it has been such a success.

I am often asked what the attraction is, as the answer is the key to many such successful events.

Simply, it is the involvement of the entire family and the local community – they are the parade. Without you it wouldn’t work.

You make it a spectacular event by turning up in such large numbers and just as important, it is also great fun!

The fireworks spectacular off the roof of the South Holland Centre certainly helps too.

The other reason the Pumpkin Festival works so well is down to the number of volunteers who are the mainstay of the event, working as stewards, manning stalls, organising the pumpkin coach and much more.

Groups such as The Rotary Club of Spalding and Welland and Spalding Lions all make the Pumpkin Parade the success that it is.

Volunteers make a massive difference to everybody’s lives.

This is something which as a Conservative councillor I am keen to promote and that is why we continue to financially support the voluntary sector, such as The Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service.

I am well aware, having volunteered for numerous community groups, how rewarding this can be.

Whether in the Police as a Special Constable or volunteer PCSO, as a ‘Lives’ volunteer, litter picker, charity helper, (I came across a gentleman the other day who had raised over £40,000 for RAF Wings appeal over a number of years – what a fantastic achievement), volunteer youth worker, library volunteer or just helping out with the running of a community group, of which there are many across South Holland.

The Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian run some excellent awards, notably their business and education accolades.

Maybe we should consider an awards evening for the fantastic efforts of the thousands of volunteers who aid our everyday lives by just giving a few hours of their time. Well done to all of you!