Schools choir competition in Spalding

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A regular column from Tulip Radio’s Jan Whitbourn.

Tulip Radio’s Christmas Choir Competition took place on Friday at St John the Baptist Church, including a tribute to South Holland’s veterans.

The competition was well supported by local companies who have become true friends to us: Mark Jepp of Majestic Bingo, Paul Watkins-Groves of EMG and Graham Boor from Hughes supplied the prizes while Terry Moore of Bakkavor supplied lunches for the veterans and some sweets for the children. In addition, Alley Catz provided free bowling for the winning choir and Father Christmas came along and gave a gift to each child. Uniquely, this year’s top spots went to three new schools, The Griffin Federation came out on top and Linchfield Community Primary School took second, while third place went to Wygate Park Academy, a last minute entry encouraged to come forward with help from Amber Sinclair of the Priory School. Congratulations to all the schools.

It was great as always to be with the veterans and their families for a presentation of Veterans Badges and John Hayes as always was amazing, speaking on behalf of all of us about the thanks and support we owe to them. Thank you John for giving up your time for us and making our veterans feel very proud. We are still encouraging people to apply for Veterans Badges and hope to have a further presentation next year.

Our thanks to all those who supported our event, we are grateful for the work put in by all the teachers and for the help we received from members of the congregation of St John the Baptist Church. In particular we would like to thank Paul Whiteley who supported our event right from the start, and to Yvonne, Keith and members from the Royal Naval Association and the Royal British Legion who worked so hard with the lunches. Pictures are available now on our website,