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Pinchbeck man Stephen Timewell launches bid to bring back Spalding Flower Parade



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A campaigner is hoping to bring back Spalding Flower Parade - but a former organiser isn’t so sure it would be a success.

Pinchbeck man Stephen Timewell has launched a petition and plan to bring back the parade after being spurred on by district’s efforts to celebrate the Jubilee,

Mr Timewell hopes that he can put together a parade similar to the legendary event, which ran from 1959 to 2013, but says he doesn’t want to replicate the old event.

*Spalding Flower Parade 2011Parade comes over of High Bridge..Beside the Seaside. (48230175)
*Spalding Flower Parade 2011Parade comes over of High Bridge..Beside the Seaside. (48230175)

He said: “I’m not looking to rewrite history with this - it won’t be a parade like the parade was 50 years ago.

“I want it to have a modern feel about it, similar to Notting Hill Carnival, with music, colour and a flower theme. But there will be nods to the history of the event.”

Having set up a Facebook page over the weekend, Mr Timewell says he received about 500 messages offering support for the event, which he hopes will take place on May 6 next year.

Spalding Flower Parade (57118706)
Spalding Flower Parade (57118706)

He says that this support is crucial.

“I have thought about this for two or three years but it’s been on the backburner,” he said.

“Local people have shown so much community spirit over the weekend and I think people can see that if we come together, this is what we can achieve.

“I know a few people have been disappointed by how Spalding celebrated the Jubilee compared to the surrounding villages. They wanted more but nothing happened.

“I think, providing people step forward and follow up on their promises and that businesses can see the benefit to the area, it will definitely be possible.”

However, David Norton, a former organiser of the Flower Parade, believes it will take a lot to create a large event. He said: “The difficulty will be that there’s no resources and not many tulips grown outdoors in the area anymore.

“In addition, the float-building skills and volunteer groups aren’t there.

“Like the Jubilee events, it takes years of planning and this is starting from scratch without the people who have the experience needed.

“If you had a major funder and a group of enthusiastic people with an area of land dedicated to growing tulips, in two or three years you could probably do something small scale.”

Mr Timewell says that he would be planning to use artificial flowers for the parade but would like to real blooms.

Mr Norton added: “You need to do justice to the heritage of the historic event as it would be a travesty to do something which isn’t up to the standard of the parade. It needs to be a tribute.”

He also suggested placing tulip covered structures in key locations to encourage people to attend community events.



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