Applications are now being accepted for those who would like to be the 2016 Tulip Queen. Spalding is to have a new Queen to act as ambassador for South Holland – and once again the search is on.  Whoever is chosen to be the new Tulip Queen  will be invited to local events such as Pinchbeck Carnival, People’s Parade, Tulipmania, the Pumpkin Parade, openings of businesses and other events including carnivals, fetes and luncheons to name a few and the Christmas Lights Switch On, which will be her first ever appointment under her new title. The Tulip Queen will receive £300, and a Prom Dress from Fancy Frox. The Deputy will receive £200. Jan Whitbourn, from organisers Tulip Radio, said “This lady will be an ambassador for the area, which is a really important job for her to do. It is a great opportunity for the lady to attend many events in the community. We are looking more at personality, merit and the knowledge of South Holland. It has always been my heartfelt ambition to maintain the role of Tulip Queen.”  Last year’s Tulip Queen, Amy Cook has done a fantastic representing South Holland at many local events, but the time has come for here to pass on the crown to the next Tulip Queen. If you are interested in applying to be the 2016 Tulip Queen, please call Tulip Radio, 01775 712400 or email Entrants must be aged over 17. The competition is kindly sponsored by Springfield's Outlet & Shopping Centre

The School Choir Competition is back, aiming to find the best choir on the day. £100 is being given to the first eight Schools who enter. Organiser Jan has said: “It is great seeing all the local schools come together, the standard each year is getting higher. As part of a new edition to the festive programme a Prize Giving Finale for all the Schools that have taken part will take place at St John’s Church on Friday 4th December. ALL Schools MUST be available for the Competition Prize Giving Finale on Friday 4th December from 10am. If you are interested in applying to be the 2016 Tulip Queen or to take part in the School Choir Competition, please contact Jan Whitbourn on 01775 712400/email