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- Celebrate autumn at Pumpkin Festival
- Self-service pods launched
- New app to promote district towns
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The massively popular Spalding Pumpkin Festival takes place on Friday, October 7 and promises to be another spectacular day out.
The festivities - which have been a popular diary date for over a decade - are organised by South Holland District Council, sponsored by Spalding firm David Bowman Pumpkins Ltd and supported by the Spalding and Welland Rotary Club, Spalding Lions, Tulip Radio and Transported.
Cllr Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for community, said: "The festival is one of the highlights of our events calendar and always proves an enjoyable experience for people of all ages.
"I'm sure that this year's event will be no exception and we look forward to welcoming many visitors."
Local schools and groups are encouraged to take part in the build-up and festival itself.
David Bowman, who is Europe's largest producer of pumpkins, donates thousands of the fruit to schools and pupils can carve and decorate them before taking their creations along to the big day.
This year, music, costumes and dancers will add a fun carnival feel to the festival.
Transported and South Holland District Council have invited Caribbean Carnival arts company EMCCAN to create large scale carnival costumes and lanterns with John Harrox Primary School, Moulton and Spalding High School.
Visit the Transported stand from 11 am until 6pm to make your mark on our large pumpkin themed banner.
Families can join us in front of the stage at 4.30pm to enjoy interactive, scientific stage entertainment provided by 'Mad Science'.
From 5.20pm the popular fancy dress competition takes place, where one lucky winner will lead the enchanting lantern parade in our magical pumpkin coach.
Make sure your outfit reflects the event's theme of pumpkins, harvest and orange and green.
There will also be a Samba band within the parade with dancers from the local schools and Elite group in Spalding. The procession will meet in Sheep Market for 6.20pm, and set off at 6.30pm.
The festival will also feature a variety of daytime entertainment from 11am, including a charity market, activities and competitions.
Pop along to craft workshops by 'Creation Station' to produce a piece of pumpkin-themed artwork that you can wear, carry or wave in the parade.
The Transported team will be present during the day making lanterns for the parade so pop along to watch or lend a hand.
Visitors will also be entertained with the exhilarating antics of 'Balloonatic' and the 'Flame Guys'.
In the evening, there will be live music from Revolver and singer Dennis Hannant.
With pumpkins taking centre stage there will be cooking demonstrations throughout the day, giving visitors a chance to pick up recipes and cooking tips for soups, hotpots, and cakes.
The climax of the night is a spectacular fireworks display from the top of the South Holland Centre at 7.30pm.
The following roads in Spalding will be closed between 11am and 10pm on October 7:
Red Lion Street
Local diversion routes and access arrangements will be signposted.
The pods are situated in the reception area of the offices in Priory Road, Spalding, and allow users to access the council's website www.sholland.gov.uk.
Through the website, residents can complete services including paying council tax and reporting a range of community issues.
The pods have access for disabled people and can be used at any time during office opening hours.
Cllr Malcolm Chandler, Portfolio Holder for Transformation, said: "We are confident that the new pods will help residents get services completed in a quick and straight forward manner, reducing the amount of time spent at the council office.
"As part of our ongoing Transformation Programme we are committed to providing digital services that are so good people choose to use them."
Staff at the council's reception are on hand to help residents use the pods and offer any assitance.
'Towns of South Holland App' has been by produced by South Holland District Council to promote retail sectors in the district and give residents and visitors a quick and easy way to get the goods, services and information they require.
The free app can be downloaded from the Google Play store or the Apple App store.
Spalding, Holbeach, Crowland, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge and Donington towns are featured, each with their own dedicated section within the app.
Each section covers what's on, what to do, where to eat, where to shop, where to stay, services and an A-Z search.
There is also a general section which lists local news and weather and will give businesses the opportunity to promote their special offers.
Cllr Nick Worth, South Holland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Business Growth, said: "Using a phone app is now second nature for many people and we wanted to create an App that would specifically help businesses, residents and visitors to South Holland.
"There are many different apps out there, but this is unique because it covers local communities and allows users to get the information they need quickly.
"We are committed to helping the South Holland economy to grow and develop and are confident that Town App will play a successful role in this."
For information about the app and how to use it visit http://townapps.co.uk/