Ideas emerge for People’s Parade ahead of meeting

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A German market, choir competition and raft racing on the River Welland are some of the ideas for a new event to replace Spalding’s Flower Parade in 2014.

Readers have been responding to our report in last week’s Lincolnshire Free Press about plans for a one-week arts, flowers and food event to succeed the flower parade next year.

Other ideas such as a literary festival, craft fairs and baking competitions have been posted on our website and Twitter page ahead of a public meeting next month to discuss what will replace the flower parade.

A task group, made up of South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes, Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce president Phil Scarlett, Free Press editor Jeremy Ransome and Jan Whitbourn from Tulip Radio, is organising the meeting at South Holland Centre on Saturday May 18, at 11am.

The meeting has been made possible with help from South Holland District Council member Angela Newton. Other members of the task group involved with the planning include David Norton and Adrian Janson of Springfields Horticultural Society.

Mr Norton said: “People are more focused on this year’s flower parade which is supposed to be a celebration event, but we’re trying to encourage people to attend the open meeting on May 18 to express their views.”

It is hoped that the new event will be held in July, starting with a People’s Parade on a Sunday and ending with a food festival the following Saturday.

Churches, youth groups, charities and voluntary organisations are expected to attend the meeting.

Mr Hayes said: “The hope is that the public meeting will generate a new enthusiasm for a continuation of the flower parade in some form.”