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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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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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The Flower Parade was making the headlines in 1999 They came from all over the country to witness the spectacle of the 41st annual Spalding Flower Parade.
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The Spalding Bulb Co decided in 1964 to build a mechanised Tulip header to save on the cost of labour. The machine was built in-house by the Farm Workshop manager Ray Wiles assisted by Harold Wilkinso ...
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Richard Drake photo, from left to right - Frank Dickinson, my uncle; May Dickinson , my aunt; Irene Dickinson, my mother; then George and Florence Dickinson, my grandparents with Marjorie Dickinson. ...
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