Spalding to bloom with flowers and handicrafts

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A regular column from Jan Whitbourn of Tulip Radio.

Plans are well underway for the 2015 East Midlands in Bloom competition, to ensure Spalding is in top shape and awash with colour and flowers — both real and knitted!

We’re all hoping we can match the success of last year, when Spalding won gold in the ‘large town’ category. To boost our chances, knitted nature will lend a helping hand to the usual beautiful hanging baskets and floral displays. All over Spalding, people have been clicking their knitting needles to create a giant artwork for Spalding in Bloom. From crocheting from church craft groups to scrunched-paper art from primary schools, fabulous flower displays, lovingly hand-made by talented crafters, are being brought together to form a vast collage of knitted tulips.

Organiser Jan Whitbourn said: “So many people have been inspired to get creative to celebrate our beautiful town. There will be over 60 canvases full of magical creations to brighten up the place and make people smile.”

The canvases will go on display at the South Holland Pride Awards on Saturday, June 11, when a 1st and 2nd prize will be awarded. After that, they can be admired during Spalding in Bloom judging week, July 13-19, at Tulip Radio. Free canvases are available from Jan at Tulip Radio, telephone 01775 712400 or email