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The history of the Spalding Flower Parade

The origins of the world-famous Spalding Flower Parade stretch right back to the 1920’s and 1930’sAOS P 1131 Flower Parade Float
The Jubilee in 1935 of King George V and Queen Mary coincided with the time the tulips were in flower
In 1948, the Growers’ Association became involved in organising a Tulip Week. A 25-mile tour through villages and country lanes was planned to show the best fields
By 1950, Tulip Week had become Tulip Time and was developed in conjunction with the Spalding Urban District Council over three designated weekends
To ensure that there would always be tulips on display, even if they might not be in the fields, from the many millions of tulip flower heads removed, it was decided to keep some available for decorative purposes
In 1959, the first annual Spalding Tulip Parade took place. Within a few years this Parade was to become world famous and even more popular than the tulip fields themselves
The Parade continued each year for 55 years until the final Parade in 2013AOS P 1325 Flower Parade

 

Bryan Simpson 2015

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Grounds Transport Services float at the Spalding Flower Parade 1962.  The band on the float looks to be called " Danny King & The Black Shadows",
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Taken in 1948, this video shows flower pickers in a field of tulips. ...
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A film from British Pathe showing women picking daffodiles in glasshouses. ...
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The Tulip Queen used to be crowned in Ayscoughfee Gardens by movie stars of the time and I used to be part of the dancers who performed on the stage. I attended ballet and tap classes in one of the do ...
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Comment from John Decamp - The actual Tulip Parade was first held in 1959 but buses did tour all the fields from about 1949 the first Tulip Queen being crowned in 1950 and toured the 51 mile route rou ...
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Cartoons by Ken Reed   ...
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Thanks to a very kind donation from Gary Naylor. The news paper articles are very readable and lovely photos of the queen and her entourage plus memorabilia from her year. Gary’s Mum was the flower ...
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 Year 1970
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Year 1990 Theme - Say it With Flowers Name of Queen:and deputies: Link to Programme: Photo Gallery: Year: 1991 Theme: Children's Fiesta Name of Queen: and deputies: Vicki Wad ...
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Year 1950    
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Year 1960 Theme - The Splendour of Spring Name of Queen:and deputies: Link to Programme:
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Video archive showing life in South Holland. Please let us know if you have other videos and links to be added. Opening of the Coronation Channel
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The origins of the world-famous Spalding Flower Parade stretch right back to the 1920’s and 1930’s
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A leaflet describing the route and place to stay for that years parade. Click on the
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An ameture film by Mr Maxey probably dated 1953 which captures the magic of Tulip Time. Click HERE to view ...
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