Lights go on for Christmas 2015 in Spalding town centre

  • Festive event goes ahead despite wet weather
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Families braved winds and rain to welcome the Christmas season to Spalding town centre on Saturday when the annual switch-on took place in far from ideal conditions.

A seven-hour programme of events, including a dog show, school choir competition, dance demonstrations and live music, was broadcast throughout the day by switch-on organisers Tulip Radio.

Tulip Queen 2015 Ella Holbrook, deputy Tulip Queen Monica Biernacka, John Hayes MP, Santa Claus, Tulipmania Princess  Marisa Kievietts, Prince Bradley Grant (10) as Prince, with deputies Mollie Bracey and Jake Winkett switch on the Christmas lights with Jan Whitbourn from Tulip Radio.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Tulip Queen 2015 Ella Holbrook, deputy Tulip Queen Monica Biernacka, John Hayes MP, Santa Claus, Tulipmania Princess Marisa Kievietts, Prince Bradley Grant (10) as Prince, with deputies Mollie Bracey and Jake Winkett switch on the Christmas lights with Jan Whitbourn from Tulip Radio. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The switch-on was preceded by a parade featuring new Tulip Queen Ella Holbrook (17) of Moulton Marsh, deputy Monika Biernacka (25) of Spalding, Royal British Legion bikers, police cadets, Tulipmania princess Marisa Kievietts and prince, Bradley Grant.

Jan Whitbourn of Tulip Radio said: “The switch-on event went well in the end, even though people were asking both the day before and on the day whether I thought it would be cancelled due to the weather,

“But we all carried on regardless and although we all got wet, we saw lots of smiling faces and a very cheerful Santa Claus.”

It was a dream day for Ella, who succeeds Amy Cook as Tulip Queen, and she said: “I’m very excited because I didn’t think I’d win it.”

We all got wet but we saw lots of smiling faces and a very cheerful Santa Claus.

Jan Whitbourn of Tulip Radio

Dream come true’ for new Tulip Queen Ella

Spalding town centre lit up for Christmas 2015.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Spalding town centre lit up for Christmas 2015. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Families brave the rain while waiting for the Christmas lights to be switched on in Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Families brave the rain while waiting for the Christmas lights to be switched on in Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.