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Celebrating the volunteers who made Spalding Flower Parade possible





Spalding Flower Parade would not have been possible without the hard work of volunteers who put in a lot of effort for the benefit of the town.

Whether it was ‘tulip knobbing’ or pinning them to the floats ahead of the big day or helping to keep spectators safe by manning a junction, the team put in a lot of effort for their community.

Sue Jackson, head of volunteers, said after the parade had returned: “It has been hectic but worthwhile.”

Sue Jackson, head of volunteers with Flower Queen Rebecca Roberts
Sue Jackson, head of volunteers with Flower Queen Rebecca Roberts

The team at Spalding Bus Station, which included Pete Boekestyn and Coun Gary Taylor, looked resplendent in boaters and jackets to welcome visitors aboard 58 coaches to the town.

The coaches will be dropping off passengers in a specially cordoned off bay before being diverted over to bus parking at three different locations including Spalding Auctions and the Halley Stewart Field.

Volunteer Tom Mahew said: “When the busses pull away sounding their air horns and the passengers are smiling as they have had a fantastic day, it makes it all worth it.”

The meet and greet team at Spalding Bus Station
The meet and greet team at Spalding Bus Station

Marshalls Trevor Hargrave and Helena Mason-Foster manned the Low Road and Halmer Gate junction to keep visitors safe.

Helena has been decorating floats and is excited to see the parade. She said: "It’s lovely to see the people and community come together. Some people have come from Cornwall and Devon. People are coming from a long way away just for this.

“We are a small part in helping it to happen. It’s lovely to see the town come to life."

Marshalls Trevor Hargrave and Helena Mason-Foster are playing their part in the 2024 Spalding Flower Parade
Marshalls Trevor Hargrave and Helena Mason-Foster are playing their part in the 2024 Spalding Flower Parade

Another Halmer Gate marshall was Paul Sewell, who was inspired to volunteer after watching last week’s parade.

He said: “I wanted to give something back – every little helps.”

Another volunteer Tracey Wells started at 6am on Saturday by organising trade stands and helping with road closures has praised parade organiser Stephen Timewell.

Paul Sewell, of Spalding, manned a junction along Halmer Gate to keep Spalding Flower Parade visitors safe
Paul Sewell, of Spalding, manned a junction along Halmer Gate to keep Spalding Flower Parade visitors safe

She said : "Stephen does a fantastic job and I don't know how he does it."

Members of the Rotary Club of South Holland were out and about selling parade programmes.

Dave Spenceley said people were interested in finding out about the club.

Volunteer Tracey Wells at Spalding Flower Parade 2024
Volunteer Tracey Wells at Spalding Flower Parade 2024

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