15/05/2014

Spalding Tulip Parade in the nineties - part 1

Beginning this week David Bell is sharing some of his photographs from the 'glory days' of the Spalding Tulip Parade when a large number of buses and coaches descended on the South Lincolnshire town for the once popular, but now discontinued event. This feature which contains photographs from the early nineties will be spread across three parts.

David comments "About this time of year bus enthusiasts thoughts used to turn to the annual Spalding Tulip Parade. At its height of popularity in the eighties and nineties hundreds of coaches from all over the country used to descend on Spalding for the Saturday Parade and there were often a couple of hundred there on the Sunday when the floats could be viewed parked on the football field.

The main parking locations were Springfields, Geests, the bus station, the snooker hall, the fire station and the cricket field but coaches could be seen virtually anywhere there was room to park them.

Sadly after the modernisation of the town centre and the building of the Springfields Outlet Centre the event seemed to lose its attraction and the last one took place in 2013".

Spalding Tulip Parade 90s (c) David Bell
Hatts Coaches Leyland Swift G794 UHU, this unusual vehicle was new to Arrowfleet of Bristol in 1989, it is still believed to be in operation with operator 2 Way Transport © David Bell.

Spalding Tulip Parade 90s (c) David Bell
Midland Red Coaches Duple bodied Leyland Tiger C987 HOX, this coach was new to this operator in 1986 and was used on Shearing's Holidays contacts in the early part of it's life © David Bell.

Spalding Tulip Parade 90s (c) David Bell
Weeks, Uxbridge OIB 3509, this rare Plaxton Paramount bodied Quest VM later operated with local company Brylaine Coaches of Boston © David Bell.

Spalding Tulip Parade 90s (c) David Bell
East London Coaches Plaxton Paramount bodied Volvo B10M F24 HGG, this coach was new to Park of Hamilton in 1989 © David Bell.

Spalding Tulip Parade 90s (c) David Bell
Wings Plaxton Premiere bodied Dennis Javelin L173 VFW, this coach now (well up until recently at least!) is operated by Bakers of Morton-In-Mash © David Bell.

Spalding Tulip Parade 90s (c) David Bell
Fowlers Travel YPD 136Y, this local Duple bodied Leyland Tiger was new to London Country in 1983 where it was used on Green Line and later National Express work © David Bell.

Look out for the next part of this feature - coming soon!