Spalding radio station and the Pumpkin Festival

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A weekly column by Tulip Radio’s Jan Whitbourn.

Large crowds gathered in Spalding town centre for the 14th annual Pumpkin Festival and everybody looked like they were having fun.

The event, organised by South Holland District Council, sponsored by David Bowman Pumpkins Limited and supported by Spalding and Welland Rotary, Spalding Lions, Transported and Tulip Radio, was another great success.

Streets were filled with young people and many came dressed for the occasion in orange and green, the theme for this year.

It was heartening to see how everyone enjoyed this unique community event. Highlights were the fabulous fancy dress competition, which the Lions have organised for 14 years, the stage entertainment with headliner Revolver, and as always the truly breathtaking firework display.

There was so much to see all day and everyone got into the spirit of the event, including many local schools, nurseries and community charity groups, some having stalls to help raise awareness for their charity. Transported had workshops throughout the day so young people could help make lanterns, which were lit up and carried by the young people in the parade.

Many stalls had cooking demonstrations, featuring pumpkin recipes and other winter warmers and the Creation Station craft workshop allowed people to produce their own pumpkin-themed artwork they could wear, carry or wave in the parade.

David Bowman, Europe’s largest producer of pumpkins, donated, as he has done every year, thousands of pumpkins to local businesses and all the schools, who decorated them to show or carry with them in the parade.

Visit the picture gallery at for the Pumpkin Festival story. Well Done to Emily and the team from South Holland District Council for another wonderful Pumpkin Festival – looking forward to the 15th next year!