Another valued member of flower parade team dies

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A graphic designer whose imaginative and colourful floats were the centrepiece of the last three Spalding Flower Parades has died.

Debbie Lishman, who was only 51, passed away at her home in Louth on Sunday after a three-year battle with breast cancer.

The news came four days after Robin Chappell, who worked on the flower parade for more than 30 years, died tragically in an industrial accident at his home in Spalding.

After studying graphic design and illustration as a 16-year-old, Debbie worked for a number of firms before she was taken on at a leading design studio in London 25 years ago.

Debbie went on to set up her own graphic design business which led to her working with Kenyon Communications on the flower parade between 2011 and 2013.

She leaves a husband, Tim Lishman, a daughter and son.

Tim, orginally from Spalding, said: “The underlying thing about Debbie was her immense creativity, selfless spirit, kindness to others, community-mindedness, bravery and sadness at not being able to see her children grow into full adulthood.

“Debbie was a great giver of herself to others, a lover of the outdoors and the arts.

“She was a much-loved wife, a fanstastic mother and her passing is a sad loss to her family, as well as to many other people. Debbie was a beautiful lady, with a beautiful spirit, who was taken too early.”

Caroline Kenyon, director of Kenyon Communications, said: “Debbie was, quite simply, the best designer we have ever worked with. She was committed, consummately professional and not only our colleague but our dear friend too.”