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UK: Spalding Flower Parade returns with millions of tulips on show

Millions of blooms have been cut for a famous flower parade which is being held for the first time in a decade. The annual Spalding Flower Parade began in 1959 but was abandoned after the 2013 event due to costs.

Stephen Timewell said he revived the parade after a comment he made about bringing it back was "misconstrued." The parade through the town on Saturday has been paid for by crowdfunding, which raised £78,000.

Mr. Timewell said at a jubilee event in Spalding in 2022 he made a tongue-in-cheek comment about "bringing the parade back" after people complained, "nothing ever happens in Spalding." "Someone then posted on social media that the parade was coming back. That went viral, and so I was left with no choice," he said.
Many of the original floats, which were used in the parade in the 1970s and 1980s, have been restored by a team of volunteers after being found in council yards, garden centers, and in fields covered in brambles. Mr. Timewell told the BBC one float had even been found with "a tree growing through it."


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