Big push for People’s Parade

TAKING SHAPE: Aeroplane and kangaroo handcarts under construction on John Atkinson's assembly line.
TAKING SHAPE: Aeroplane and kangaroo handcarts under construction on John Atkinson's assembly line.
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Familiar figures from 50 years of Spalding Flower Parade are getting a new lease of life in its successor event, The Spalding People’s Parade.

The figures are steel frameworks of just about everything, from an aeroplane to a frog, which were decorated with tulips and mounted on the floats.

Now the magnificent figures are being recycled and put on special handcarts for a big parade on Sunday, June 22.

They will be decorated by schools, businesses, charities and a variety of local organisations before being pushed on a two mile route along Spalding’s Halmer Gate and riverside.

You can catch your first glimpse of a decorated handcart when The People’s Parade organising committee attend this weekend’s Springfields Festival and Tulipmania with their specially prepared frog figure.

There’s still time for more organisations to join the big parade and put their name down for a handcart.

Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School site will open at 11am for The Spalding People’s Parade and host a big day of entertainment with stalls, games and food. Entry will 
be free.

Organising committee chairman Ian Smee said: “It is hoped this back to basics event will catch the imagination of the Spalding public and that it will develop into a more adventurous event for the future.”

Big supporter John Hayes MP is working hard behind the scenes to source funding for The Spalding People’s Parade and is urging the public to get involved now to help make it a success.

He said: “If it’s going to be a People’s Parade then people have got to help shape its future.

“The more people get involved, the more they will be able to shape what it looks like. People need to get behind it and give it support.”

Schools on board so far include Cowbit and Fleet, there’s backing from businesses such as Accountancy Plus and Definitions Health and Fitness Gym, life-saving organisation LIVES and charitable fundraising groups like Inner Wheel.

Schools are also being asked to design the parade logo.