YOUR LETTERS: Thanks to all involved in Christmas switch-on

SPALDING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON
SPALDING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON
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We would like to thank everyone for all their help at the Christmas lights switch-on.

Thank you firstly to everyone involved in the Tulip Queen competition and for the wonderful prizes they received from Springfields Outlet Shopping Centre, Majestic Bingo, Fancy Frox and Hills Department Store.

Once again, John Hayes made all the girls very happy by choosing two South Holland ambassadors as well as a Tulip Queen and deputy.

Thank you to Mr Hayes, Simon Stone, from Springfields, and Mark Jepp, from Majestic Bingo, who all kindly gave up their time to judge the competition and gave some amazing prizes to the girls.

Afternoon tea at the Houses of Parliament, a meal at Springfields Garden Centre and free family games of bingo at Regent Bingo are to be enjoyed.

We would like to thank Flowers & Things for helping to provide the bouquets.

Ella looked amazing when she came back wearing her beautiful new dress and having had her face made up courtesy of Hills Department Store.

Thank you to everyone who so kindly gave prizes for the dog show. The group of people who are helping with Rebekah’s Wish charity donated a lot of wonderful prizes and were incredibly supportive.

Barking Mad, Moulton Pet Stores and Highfield Kennels all donated prizes to add to the event, no one went home empty handed.

Thanks to Sally Sneath for her support and help with the organisation and for being a judge and especially to Jason Rooke and Sam Poole for judging and providing goody bags for every participant.

Thank you to all the teachers, families and friends who spent so much time with the children in the school choir competition.

Thank you to Jeremy Ransome, editor of the Free Press and Spalding Guardian, Paul Watkins-Grove, from EMG Motor Group, Mark Jepp, from Majestic Bingo, and Dennis Hannant, town centre manager, for judging the competition.

Thank you to Harry Drury for allowing the schools to meet at the Broad Street Business Centre and also for providing the sashes for the winners.

Thank you to Molsoms Optometrists for being the lost and vulnerable collection point. Thank you to Terry Moore, from Bakkavor, for providing £100 for every school, EMG Motor Group, Paul Watkins-Groves and Majestic Bingo for their donations for the event.

All prizes will be presented at the finale at St John’s Church on Friday, December 4, from 10am till 11.30am.

All the children enjoyed the Alley Catz and their balloons, courtesy of Dave Charlesworth and James Holland.

The winners of the school choir competition were Ayscoughfee Hall School, with St John The Baptist Primary School coming second and The Priory School third.

Thank you to David Norton for all his hard work leading up to the event, and Andy Boynton and his team for their help with the stage and with the performers.

A big thank you to all the entertainers throughout the day, including Jordan Howlett, Meg McPartlin, Peter Jay, Dennis Hannant, Niall Dignell, the Pinchbeck Tappers, The Aviators, Peterborough Morris Dancers, Spalding Marching Ambassadors and Roz for helping to organise the Royal British Legion Riders.

Thank you to councillors Graham Dark, Angela Newton and Jane King for their kind donations, Spalding and South Holland Rotary Club, the police cadets and Wayne Fitzgerald for providing a vintage car, kindly driven by Ian.

A very big thank you to South Holland District Council, Mike Knight, Mark Furneaux, the Royal Naval Association and all those who helped steward the event, including Matthew Clark for organising the Spalding Round Table, Pete Williams and Spalding Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you to Nigel at Baytree for donating this year’s Christmas tree once again and a big thank you to the district council for organising the amazing new lights.

Lastly, thank you to the Tulip Radio team for working hard for many months leading up to the event and helping and supporting throughout the whole day.

If I have missed anyone out, I am sorry – we were so grateful to you all for coming and making this event such a success.