The loss of Spalding People’s Parade as a May attraction has sparked a suggestion that East European culture could help “bring something to the party”.
South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes and Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant say the expectation was the parade would be built up over the coming years.
The point about the People’s Parade is that it took some of the essence of the original Flower Parade, obviously on a different scale and in a different way. I would be very reluctant to see it disappear.MP John Hayes
Parade trustee Kate Alexander revealed last week the People’s Parade Committee plans a charity event for October, instead of May.
She said “a combination of factors” led to the decision, including health issues affecting members of the group.
Mr Hannant said this month sees two new events, The Show Comes to Town on May 13, a preview of the Lincolnshire Show in Spalding town centre, and a beer festival at the Castle Sports Complex from May 27-29.
But he says “it’s quite sad” the parade isn’t going ahead.
“The people involved in it were really keen to do it and they did a good job,” he said. “I think the expectation was they would build on it year-on-year.”
Singer Mr Hannant performed for the public at the parade base, Sir John Gleed School, but wonders if that was too far from the town centre to pull in the crowds.
He believes members of the town’s East European communities could “bring something to the party” from their rich cultures.
Mr Hannant said: “I was talking to a Romanian chap who was busking in town and two or three Romanians stopped to listen, saying ‘it’s because it’s our homeland’. I said we need to have more of your culture in town.”
Mr Hayes said: “I am obviously happy to talk to the (parade) committee, who did a good job in the last two years, about anything more I can do to help keep the show on the road. I am more than happy to step in and help in any way people feel appropriate.
“The point about the People’s Parade is that it took some of the essence of the original Flower Parade, obviously on a different scale and in a different way. I would be very reluctant to see it disappear.”