The five competition finalists arrived in their beautiful evening dresses and were interviewed by a panel of judges, including Jan Whitbourn, Tulip Radio, Jeremy Ransome, Editor, Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press, Caroline Kenyon, Kenyon Communications, Adrian Jansen, Lingarden Bulbs and Catherine Duce, Penman Jewellers.
Before the judges’ decision was announced Caroline Kenyon said that “all of the finalists were exceptional and they had given her so much hope for the future. Any one of the girls would be a great Ambassador for Spalding.”
The winner and newly crowned Spalding Flower Queen Inca Honnor, is an 18-year old drama student from Whaplode St Catherine, Spalding. She was overwhelmed when the announcement was made and said how much she was looking forward to Parade Day.
Inca won a host of fabulous prizes, £100 cash, dinner for two at Cley Hall Hotel & Restaurant, £50 Gift Card for Springfields Shopping Outlet, a Jersey Pearl necklace from Penman Jewellers, The Fitness Company gym membership, a consultation and hair styling at Hedonism Hair Salon, a dress from Fancy Frox and a bouquet of flowers from Flowers n’ Things. She will also attend the Civic Lunch with a guest on Parade Day and take part in the Parade on Saturday 4 May 2013.
Each of the runners-up received a £20 gift card for Springfields Shopping Outlet and a bouquet of flowers, and will also take part in the Parade on Saturday 4 May as part of the Royal entourage; a dress will be hired for the occasion.
Last year’s queen Amy Harrison handed over the crown and title to Inca and said she should enjoy every minute. 2012 had been an exciting year, especially with the Jubilee and Olympic celebrations.