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Pumpkin Festival hailed a success

This year's Spalding Pumpkin Festival once again proved a huge success and may have attracted a record crowd.


The event took place on Friday, October 9 and saw thousands of people flock to Spalding town centre.

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 and Tulip FM.

Cllr Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for community, said: "The official figures are still being counted but we believe it may have been a record crowd.

"The mild weather certainly helped and once again the event proved to be a massive success - we've already had lots of positive feedback.

"The festival really puts Spalding and South Holland on the map, it's a unique positive community event which attracts people of all ages.

"I would like to thank everyone who organised and took part in the festival and of course everybody who came along and helped to make it such a memorable occasion."

Local schools and groups were encouraged to take part in the build-up and festival itself.

Mr Bowman, who is Europe's largest producer of pumpkins, donated thousands of the fruit to schools and pupils carved and decorated them before taking their creepy creations along to the big day.

The festival featured the annual Pumpkin Parade as well as a variety of daytime entertainment, including a charity market, street entertainment, activities and competitions.

The craft workshops held by 'Creation Station' proved popular with scores of visitors enjoying the chance to make a piece of pumpkin themed artwork.

With pumpkins taking centre stage there were cooking demonstrations throughout the day, giving visitors a chance to pick up recipes and cooking tips for soups, hotpots, and cakes.

In the evening, crowds danced to live entertainment from local artists including Diamondz DG, The Bourne Borderers and Zebra.

The event was rounded off with a spectacular fireworks display from the top of the South Holland Centre which lit up the night sky.

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