Delight at second Spalding People’s Parade

Floats and walkers before setting-off
Floats and walkers before setting-off
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Delighted organisers have heralded the second Spalding People’s Parade a success after year-on-year visitors numbers increased on Sunday.

There were more attractions on the Sir John Gleed School grounds this year including a good number of food and charity stalls.

Endana School of Dance

Endana School of Dance

Musical entertainment was provided by local band The Sound Injectors, the Post-16 Centre and town centre manager Dennis Hannant.

There were a number of stalls attracting the children and the bar and food outlets were popular with the adults.

The school gymnasium housed a diversity of craft stalls and they all reported good business.

The parade set off at 1pm for its tour around Maple Grove, the riverbank and Halmergate. More participants were involved this year, which added to the colour and vibrancy of the event.

Particularly entertaining was the involvement of so many schoolchildren accompanying the floats they had decorated themselves with such imagination.

It took about 90 minutes to complete the course, giving plenty of opportunity for residents to cheer it along.

Parade manager Bruce Alexander said: “It was great to see so many people out along the route. We can only hope to improve year on year and that support was a definite improvement on last year. It looked like people really enjoyed it.”

MP John Hayes saw off the parade and welcomed it back. He then judged all the entrants and presented them with certificates acknowledging their magnificent efforts.

He said: “Today was exactly what I had hoped for. The decorations on the floats showed off the talents of our local children in particular, 
together with some of our local businesses.

“It demonstrated a gradual improvement on last year, which I’m sure, represents the start of a great legacy for Spalding.”

Ian Smee, chairman of the Parade Committee, was pleased to see the progress made from last year’s humble beginnings: “Last time John Hayes expressed his hopes that the event would gradually improve and become an important part of the Spalding calendar. Today has encouraged my belief in his vision.”