Bakkavor celebrated its 30th Birthday on Saturday 23rd July & Sunday 24th July with a fun packed weekend for all the family. During the day there was fun to be had with the dunking tank, Guinness Book of Records welly-wanging attempt, a new Guinness World Record was set for the longest time spent welly-wanging , ‘Bakkavor’s Got Talent’ final and RAF flypast concluded the afternoon. During the evening Bakkavor held its Party in the Park with the ever popular and funny Ali Jay comparing the  proceedings. The 80s Experience got the crowd going with some classic 80s tracks, while younger members of the audience enjoyed (1D) One Direction Experience. The highlight of the event was the appearance of ‘Rule the World’. A huge thank you and a massive well done to everyone who was involved in organising a great weekend.

Sunday, July 3 saw the conclusion of celebrations dedicated to the Armed Forces across South Holland. An Armed Forces Celebration Day held at the Anglia Motel at Fleet Hargate, with very grateful thanks to proprietor Harold Payne. This gave us an opportunity to say thank you to all those who have served in our Armed Forces and ran alongside events already organised by Harold Payne. 

The afternoon saw the Army take on the Navy with a very special ‘Ready Steady Cook’ competition compered very amusingly by Jan Whitbourn, herself a past competitor on the popular TV show. Congratulations to Les and Janet Doy from the Royal Anglian and Lincolnshire Regiment who were declared winners by the judges who were: Majestic Bingo’s Justin Minkah, Kristie Gee and Surjit from Hughes. Keith and Yvonne Crawford from the Royal Naval Association were made ‘runners up’ giving everyone a good laugh. We would like to thank Majestic Bingo and Hughes Electrical who very kindly donated the prizes.

The RT. Hon John Hayes MP presented many of the veterans their Armed Forces Veterans Badge. To qualify for this award you must have served in the Armed Forces at some time in the last 70 years. It is a condition that you complete the necessary paperwork which is available from Tulip Radio and those who have done so will be presented with these unique badges. If there is anyone who has yet to receive their Armed Forces Veterans Badge, please do get in contact with Tulip Radio who will be organising another event to mark this great occasion.
Fortunately the weather held out and we were treated to a flypast at the end of the day by a Spitfire and Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial flight, kindly arranged by Jack, who did us proud. A buffet was provided by Harold Payne for all the veterans, plus delicious afternoon cakes kindly donated by Terry Moore on behalf of   Bakkavor.

Thank you so much to all the local Armed Forces Veterans and Armed Forces personnel who came supported the celebration day event and special thanks to the Air Cadets and Terry Moore, we couldn’t have done it without you all.

Battle of the Somme Centenary Service
On Friday 1st July 2016, Tulip Radio were in attendance at the Battle of the Somme open air service at Spalding’s War Memorial in Ayscoughfee Gardens. The service started at 7.30am to mark the exact moment the Battle of the Somme began 100 years ago, it was conducted by the Vicar of Spalding, the Rev John Bennett. Whistles were blown to mark the moment the soldiers went ‘over the top’ in the trenches. Nearly 20,000 British soldiers died during the first wave of troops – five of them from Spalding. The tactics employed by the British Generals relied on overwhelming the German lines by sheer force of numbers. They sent wave after wave of men towards enemy machine guns whilst under attack from high explosive shells. The result was a horror beyond any imagining.


Tuesday 21st June 2016, Spalding Town Centre hosted its Third Armed Forces Parade. There were Standards from the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment Association, Royal British Legion, the Parachute Regiment and the Royal Naval Association. The Parade paused for a Short Service Led by Rev. John Bennett, with Spalding’s Town Centre Manager Dennis Hannant singing ‘Bring him Home from the musical Les Misérables in honour of those who have fallen in battle and continue to serve in the Armed Forces. Tulip Radio provided the PA for the event so the Service could be heard throughout Market Place.


Pinchbeck Carnival saw crowds turn out for Saturday’s big parade and a weekend of fun-filled events at Rotten Row Playing Field.The parade was led by the Carnival Royalty float and carried Carnival Queen Annie Kinsella and Princesses Teigan Burrill and Katelyn Brocklehurst. Jan and Chris from Tulip Radio kept the proceedings on track throughout the afternoon. We also had a flypast by the Spitfire. Winners of the best stall competition were 1st Pinchbeck Baptist Church, second was Ladybirds Pre-School and third Friends of St Gilbert’s. This was judged by two representatives from Hornsey Carnival.Entries for the craft and cooking competitions were on display in the marque. Rosie Smith won the Jean Russell Memorial Trophy for the best overall children’s entry and Bunty Jarvis won the WI salver for the best adult entry.
The winners of the Pride of South Holland Awards 2016 have been announced.

Hundreds turned out this afternoon (Sat) to see the district’s unsung heroes honoured at a ceremony at Spalding’s South Holland Centre, hosted by Jan Whitbourn and Chris Carter of Tulip Radio.

Special guest, soapstar Andy Whyment – who plays Kirk Surtherland in Coronation Street – handed out the awards and certificates to commended and highly commended nominees as well as the winners.

This is the second year the Pride of South Holland Awards have been organised by Tulip Radio and the Spalding and South Holland Voice and sponsored by local businesses and district councillors.

With more than 90 nominations, judges had a difficult job narrowing the field and choosing the winners in the eight categories, with all saying that everyone who was nominated was worthy of an award for the work they do for their communities in so many different ways.

The winners were:
Caring Neighbour– sponsored by Coun Harry Drury
1st- Sue Griggs
2nd- Christine Crane
3rd- Wendy Morris

Service With a Smile – sponsored by EMG
1st – Sharon Brinkman
2nd-Chris Craig and Lynda Maggs
3rd- Tracy Hammond

Young Achiever of the Year – sponsored by Molsoms Optometrist
1st – Liberty Studd
2nd- Evie Ireland
3rd – Luke Elliot

Senior Citizen – sponsored by Calthrops Solicitors
1st – Brenda Wickham
2nd- Jack Turner
3rd – Rosalind Lukins

Charity Worker – sponsored by Hughes Electrical
1st- Harold Payne
2nd- Vanessa Browning
3rd – Gunita Sele

Community Hero – sponsored by Coun Angela Newton
1st- Brenda Wickham
2nd-Harold Payne
3rd- Zeph Churchill

Volunteer of the Year – sponsored by Majestic Bingo
1st- Ross Dean
2nd- Jack Wakefield
3rd- Chris Leggett

Special Achievement – sponsored by Springfields Outlet Shopping & Festival Gardens
1st- Bryan Robinson
2nd- Margaret Wright
3rd- Angela Newton

Sunday 21st February 2016, saw members of the community and Armed Forces personnel joining Tulip Radio for a Charity Bingo session at Regent Bingo in Spalding. Together we raised funds for the Armed Forces, the Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association, the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment, SSAFA and Help for Heroes. Wonderful prizes were donated including a 32 inch Television for the raffle. Kindly donated by Majestic BingoWe would like to thank Justin Minkah and staff at Regent Bingo and MD Mark Jepp for allowing this event to take place, the Veterans, families and friends who helped make this a wonderful event.


Click 'play' to hear a recording of The 2012 Olympic Torch passing through Spalding Town Centre: