Keeping spirit of Spalding’s flower parades alive

Ruby's and Diamonds make balloons - Mollie Bracey and Melissa Reid
Ruby's and Diamonds make balloons - Mollie Bracey and Melissa Reid
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Visitors flocked to the annual Springfields Tulipfest event over the Bank Holiday weekend, which kept up the tradition of the former Spalding Flower Parade and celebrated 50 years since Springfields gardens opened.

Up to 5,000 people enjoyed the annual displays of tulips in the gardens.

Woodland train ride

Woodland train ride

The Classic Car Show on the Sunday attracted nearly 2,000 people, with over 250 vehicles on display thanks to the support of clubs from Boston, Spalding, Skegness and King’s Lynn.

There were also entries from individual enthusiasts and specialist clubs such as the Posh Mini Club from Peterborough and Lincolnshire’s Austin A30/A35 Club.

Entertainment in the gardens included performances from Kesteven Morris Dancers, Diamondz DG, the Vibe Choir, Spalding School of Dance, Holbeach Brass Band, Dany Dalley Egyptian Dancers, Castle Sports Centre (Body Compact), Spalding Indoor Bowls Club and Walking for Health (with Ray Bowden).

Other activities for visitors to participate in included archery with the Spalding Silver Bowman, a Fens Falconry display, an Exotic Animal Encounter which proved popular with children who were able to hold snakes, tarantulas, meerkats and the very popular “Dorothy the crocodile”.

In the events centre the craft and gift stalls provided a wide selection of items for visitors to browse and buy.

Springfields Horticultural Society chairman David Norton said: “We were very pleased to see so many families in the Festival Gardens enjoying the entertainment and also taking lots of photos of the tulip displays in the woodlands and around other areas of the gardens.

“Whilst the weather throughout the early spring held back many varieties it does mean that there should still be plenty of tulips for visitors to see over throughout the rest of May.

“The Tulipfest weekend is all about maintaining a link to Spalding’s famous Flower Parade and tulip growing heritage, as well as providing local community groups with the opportunity to join in the fun, just like they used to do with the Parade, and this year’s Festival was also combined with the 50th birthday celebrations for Springfieilds Gardens which first opened in 1966.”

• More pictures in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian.