Flower pa­rade:

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

TENS of thou­sands of rev­ellers lined the streets of Spald­ing this Bank Hol­i­day Week­end to wit­ness the mar­ket town’s an­nual Flower Pa­rade spec­ta­cle.

Or­gan­is­ers be­lieve at least 40,000 peo­ple at­tended the event on Satur­day, now in its 54th year.

A pro­ces­sion of 13 floats, dec­o­rated in some 1.3 mil­lion tulip heads, made its way from Spring­fields Shop­ping Cen­tre, to the cen­tre of the town, be­fore re­turn­ing to the out-of-town cen­tre where they re­mained on dis­play un­til yes­ter­day.

It was the sec­ond year Kenyon Com­mu­ni­ca­tions has over­seen the event and chief among their con­cerns was the record-break­ing rain­fall which has pro­ceeded it. How­ever, Mother Na­ture seem­ingly took pity on them and pro­vided clear skies on the day.

Caro­line Kenyon, di­rec­tor of Kenyon Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, said: “It was bet­ter than our wildest dreams. We were ab­so­lutely thrilled with how it went.”

Or­gan­is­ers had been forced to can­cel a fi­nale at the town’s Sir Hal­ley Ste­wart Play­ing Field due to the water-logged state of the ground, but there had never been a ques­tion of pulling the pa­rade it­self.

Mrs Kenyon said: “We are the coun­try of the Blitz and Churchill and we are not de­terred by a bit of rain. We would have car­ried on re­gard­less, but it would not have been the same.”

Mrs Kenyon put the event’s ap­peal down to its “quirky charm”.

She said: “When peo­ple see the floats, they are enor­mous, they are in­tri­cate, ev­ery sin­gle inch of them is cov­ered in tulip heads, they are spec­tac­u­lar, they are joy­ful, they are ridicu­lous.”

She added: “They give peo­ple so much plea­sure.”

This year’s pa­rade con­cludes the con­tract the firm had with Lin­colnshire County Coun­cil to run the event, but it hopes to re­turn.

Mrs Kenyon said: “We would be de­lighted to run it again.”

She added: “We feel we have got some­thing to of­fer and the pa­rade is some­thing spe­cial and pre­cious.”

TRAC­TOR TURBO: A float full of turkeys made of flow­ers is pulled through the streets of Spald­ing

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