Spalding has a new Tulip Queen and for A-level student Ella Holbrook (17), history has been made in more ways than one.
Ella of Moulton Marsh, who is studying 16th-century history, law and geography at Spalding Grammar School sixth form, was crowned after a panel of judges chose her to help switch on the town’s Christmas lights at 5pm today.
Prizes for Ella, an ex-South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club prospect, include a dress from Fancy Frox of Spalding, a family meal at Springfields Outlet Shopping, a trip for four to the House of Commons and £300 cash.
Ella said: “I’m very excited because I didn’t think I’d win.
“It’s a dream come true for me as someone who used to watch the flower parade every year.”
Steven and Lesley Holbrook, Ella’s parents, said: “We’re quite pleased for her because Ella has always wanted to have a go at something like this all her life.
“It’s nice when things go right, especially after last year when Ella wanted to enter the Tulip Queen competition but couldn’t as she was too young.”
Meanwhile, Christmas Lights Switch-On Day also proved a successful one for the children of Ayscoughfee Hall School, Spalding, who won the school choir competition.
The children will joing Ella, South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes and Santa Claus for the big switch-on after judges chose them ahead of St John the Baptist Primary School and The Priory School, both in Spalding.
Other events to have taken place earlier today at the festive event, organised by Tulip Radio, included a fun dog show, Zumba demonstration, Diamondz Dance group and singer-songwriters Meg McPartlin and Jordan Howlett.
It’s a dream come true for me as someone who used to watch the flower parade every year2015 Tulip Queen Ella Holbrook