Rain and wind were the order of Spalding Pumpkin Festival day but that didn’t stop crowds of people coming into town for the annual event.
A festival market run by charities and voluntary groups, live music from pop and folk artists, cooking demonstrations and a fireworks display kept visitors entertained on Friday.
Most people, especially children, came armed with pumpkins ready to join the parade which started from The Crescent and went along Priory Road, Haverfield Road and London Road before finishing on Hall Place.
The parade was led by a pumpkin coach carrying Spalding Flower Queen Inca Honnor (18) of Whaplode St Catherine who said: “I had a brilliant time and it was lovely to see all the children out with their pumpkins enjoying the night.
“It was nice to have that experience of the Flower Parade again and keep on celebrating the fact that Spalding is such a great town.”
Eileen Robson of Spalding Lions, one of the groups to be part of the festival market, said: “It was quite a good day, even though the weather wasn’t king, and there seemed to be quite a lot of people around the town.”
Spalding community policing inspector Jim Tyner said the event passed off peacefully, with no arrests linked to the Pumpkin Parade.
He said: “It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves at what is a family event and I would like to pay tribute to the volunteer Special Constables who helped provide a policing presence and to my PCSOs (police community support officers), many of whom volunteered to change their shifts or work on their days off.
“The CCTV operators, all volunteers, played an invaluable role and the presence of the new Spalding Street Pastors undoubtedly made a significant difference.”
A spokesman for South Holland District Council, organisers of Spalding Pumpkin Festival, said: “We’re really pleased that so many people came along to enjoy what has become one of the best free annual events in the area.
“We would like to thank David Bowman Pumpkins Ltd for their continued support, all of our partners who helped put on the event and the many people who came to support it.”