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Spalding Flower Parade had a ‘huge and positive impact’ on town says business board chairman





Traders say the return of Spalding Flower Parade had a ‘huge impact’ on town centre businesses last year.

Spalding Business Board chairman Craig Delaney is hoping for a similar effect when the floats once again make their way around the town on Saturday.

Tens of thousands of people were drawn to the town in 2023 when Spalding Flower Parade took to the streets once more after a decade thanks to the efforts of organiser Stephen Timewell.

Vaders Raiders walk through the centre of Spalding on parade day
Vaders Raiders walk through the centre of Spalding on parade day

The business board was formed following an open meeting about setting up a Business Improvement District in the town – which could see town centre firms paying a levy towards a new body whose remit could include town events.

Mr Delaney said: “The parade last year, and everyone who came to see it, as well as all those events organised in the run up to the parade, had a huge and positive impact on the town centre and its businesses and we can only hope the same will happen again this year.

“Thanks to Steve Timewell and his amazing group of volunteers we can only hope the parade re-establishes itself as the annual event it once was, with which the town centre can continue to develop, engage and thrive.”

Craig Delaney, chairman of Spalding Business Board
Craig Delaney, chairman of Spalding Business Board

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