Thanks to the community

We would like to thank everyone within the community who helped make the Christmas Lights switch on such a memorable event.

There are far too many people involved to thank individually, as they say, you know who you are and I personally will be forever grateful for your help.

Whilst I was privileged to be the organiser for the event, it was undertaken on behalf of Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce who are committed to ensuring a vibrant and exciting town centre; qualities which I think perfectly illustrate the huge variation of attractions in the town centre last Sunday.

It was hard work but once it was over and the street cleaning had been finished we’ve had time to reflect and thank all those who not only helped to make it possible, but above all else, thank you so much to everyone who turned out on a chilly but dry day, you all made the atmosphere one to savour and one to remember.

For many the highlight was the school’s choir competition and it was wonderful to see so many local schools taking part, thanks to the teachers for the hours put in to teach the pupils their lines and movements as well as their parents and families coming along to support.

Thank you to the Judges, Terry Moore, Major Dennis Hannant and Harry Drury who braved the very chilly weather and managed to find a winner, St John the Baptist C of E Primary School.

All the school children were winners; they entertained the community with their happy smiling faces.

Without the generosity of sponsors, such events are hard to run and Bakkavor most generously giving every pupil a ‘goody bag’ a Selection Box & a £5 Voucher.

AlleyCatz have donated a game of Bowling to the whole school.

The Lincs Free Press and Spalding Guardian donated a Canvas Picture Portrait of the Choir as well as some books for every student.

The finale was Santa, Flower Queen Inca Honnor and John Hayes MP coming to switch on the lights regally escorted on a sleigh courtesy of The South Holland Rotary Club and a horse drawn Coach, courtesy of Gordon Boswell.

They also had some Police Cadets proudly marching alongside and in front was the Spalding Marching Ambassadors playing carols for us all to sing. It was wonderful to be part of this event.

Thank you to everyone, Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Jan Whitbourn

Business manager, Tulip Radio