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Call to work with Spalding Flower Parade organisers - and look at water festival

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Transport campaigners want to work with the organisers of the new Spalding Flower Parade - and still wish to realise their dream of a water festival.

Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum met this week and discussed their ambition of a water festival.

Chairman George Scott said this could go alongside the plans for the return of the Flower Parade - or on another date to spread events through the calendar.

Spalding High Bridge (54302444)
Spalding High Bridge (54302444)

He feels it's important that groups come together to put together a progamme of events that can 'put Spalding back on the map'.

Mr Scott added: "People are doing things themselves rather than getting together and talking to other groups.

"Don’t do things in silos, let’s bring everyone together."

The idea of a water festival was raised before Covid - but the pandemic meant that it was not possible to make it a reality.

It would involve boats and barges on the River Welland - with attractions on the riverside, such as food stalls and music.

The idea is to help make good on the ambition of making the most of Spalding's attractive - but often-ignored - river front.

Mr Scott added: "What we are looking at is quite a simple thing to do - but it will take two years to get something going with the permissions and health and safety.

"A water festival could be just as simple as it sounds - it’s a festival on the water and around the town. We have got Ayscoughfee Gardens and we can show that off and there’s certain things we can highlight about Spalding.

"We need to get back on the map."

Members of the forum said the positivity around the idea of a Flower Parade showed that there is an appetite from people to have something to look forward to - and it was felt that businesses would support the idea.

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