No room for funfair at Pumpkin Parade

This year's Spalding Pumpkin Parade looks set to be without a funfair after organisers claimed there was no room for it in the town centre. 'Photo: SG051012-174TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
This year's Spalding Pumpkin Parade looks set to be without a funfair after organisers claimed there was no room for it in the town centre. 'Photo: SG051012-174TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
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Families coming to this year’s Spalding Pumpkin Parade will be without a funfair after organisers claimed there was no room for it in the town centre.

Roger Tuby, whose firm has brought rides to Spalding for decades, said he was “disappointed” by South Holland District Council’s decision not to allow a funfair at the event on October 11.

The Pumpkin Parade has been held annually since 2002 and traditionally, a small number of children’s rides have been set up on Sheep Market.

But Mr Tuby said: “A week ago, we were told that market stalls would be where we’d normally put the rides and that there’s no room for us at the Pumpkin Parade this year.

“We’re very disappointed about it because we feel like we’re a big part of the event and have helped build it up over the years.

“The kids who come down won’t have a lot to do without the rides which we’ve been providing for events like the Pumpkin Parade and Flower Parade in Spalding for over 40 years.

“We’ve told the council that we’d like to come with just two or three rides so there’s something for the kids, but at the moment there’s no room.”

Coun Nick Worth, cabinet member for community development, said: “The Pumpkin Parade is to promote healthy eating and food production in the area.

“We want to put some stalls on Sheep Market to promote the event which the funfair would have taken up.”