Teams have until September to come up with plans to replace Spalding Flower Parade which delighted audiences for the final time this year.
Volunteers keen to see something just as popular to replace the historic annual parade have agreed on four events to take place over May Bank Holiday – the same first weekend of the month as the flower parade.
Organisers are looking to hold a walking family carnival through the town centre, a music concert and beer festival in the Sir Halley Stewart Field to attract a younger audience, a food festival in Ayscoughfee Hall and a static flower display at Springfields.
These events will take place over three days, with additional activities run by the community across town.
Four groups have now been given the task to turn their ideas into a workable plan by September, so the search for funding can begin. Phil Scarlett, president of the Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce, has been supporting the groups in the early stages of planning. He said: “Already there is an excitement and enthusiasm about next year’s events. Now the hard work begins.”