Pumpkin fun on the cards

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ORGANISERS are getting pumped up for this year’s spectacular Spalding Pumpkin Parade.

With just two months to the annual festival a sackful of events and activities have already been drawn up that promise not to disappoint.

Thousands of youngsters and their families are expected to stroll through town in a sea of orange, in recognition of South Holland’s status as pumpkin-growing capital of Europe.

Food, fancy dress, spectacular fireworks, entertainment including music and drama, and the romance of the Flower Queen, Daisy Ivatt, being escorted through the town centre in a pumpkin carriage have all been lined up for the town’s centrepiece event.

An exciting programme is being drawn up to celebrate all things pumpkin with thousands of South Holland residents and visitors expected to descend upon Spalding town centre on October 7.

South Holland District Council deputy leader Coun Nick Worth said: “The Pumpkin Parade is one of the highlights of the year in South Holland and we are looking forward to another colourful celebration of harvest time in which whole families can get involved.”

Grower David Bowman is the UK’s biggest producer of pumpkins, producing more than two million every year to supply supermarkets up and down the country.

He gives away hundreds of pumpkins at the festival every year.

The event started in 2000 and has been held annually since.

The Pumpkin parade is organised by South Holland District Council supported by The Rotary Club of Welland Centenary and Spalding Lions.

The event is sponsored by David Bowman Ltd.