Corsogroep Hooiland receives tiled corso promenade

Culture Flower Parade Lichtenvoorde

‘Thank you Herman’ for minutes bye corso chairman

By Anneke Cuppers

LICHTENVOORDE – “We can still build cars for many years before they are here clapping for us”, said one of the guests at the Corso Afterparty on Saturday evening, October 1. Meanwhile, he and all other members of the parade community form a guard of honor in front of ‘t Zwaantje to receive the winner of the Lichtenvoordse Bloemencorso 2022 with loud applause. It is the start of the festive end to the parade season, where, in addition to picking up the winner, a few other official moments are reviewed.

Presentation of CorsoCap
After the new chairman Thijs Kroezen has thanked all present and non-present volunteers for another wonderful parade, he moves on to the presentation of CorsoCap. This year, the honor of this award, which was created for the volunteer of the year, belongs to Edwin Rensing from Groep Rensing. Edwin receives the CorsoCap for, among other things, his role as leader in the group, the man who can arrange everything and who knows how to put everyone in the right place. Among the builders of Groep Rensing, he is known as the papa, the teddy bear of the group, who feels perfect when someone needs emotional support. In addition, Edwin is also active in the background, he is a member of the sparring group for the new construction site at Water Purification.

Goodbye Herman ter Haar
Then it is former chairman Herman ter Haar’s turn to take the stage. From the hands of his successor, he receives a book with all kinds of stories about him, recorded by the parade groups, partners and other people with whom Herman often worked during his time as chairman. A beautiful and unique chronicle of the fourteen years during which Herman led the Lichtenvoorde Flower Parade Foundation with great passion and enthusiasm. “Herman is the figurehead of the Lichtenvoorde parade community, the man who was always genuinely interested in people and who knew how to connect them with each other and the parade. This is evident from the composition of the book, which instead of many photos and some text mainly contains a lot of text and some small photos.” Thijs also recalled that a whole generation of parade builders grew up with Herman as chairman.

Then it is the council of the Corso groups, which has a special gift for Herman. With thanks for all the support in recent years, he is handed a garden tile with the text ‘Herman tak’, after which a minute-long ‘Herman tak, Herman tak, Herman Herman, tak’ echoes through the hall.

Beautiful tradition
An annual tradition that has been honored again this year is last year’s winner’s gift to this year’s winner. Lansink-Bluiminck, for example, created a beautiful piece of art from the ‘Goudvis’ design, with which competitor Hooiland won top parade honors this year. Lansink-Bluiminck managed to win the audience award with ‘Cowboys’. The artwork is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship that is sure to feature prominently with this group.

Then the time has come for the evening’s ceremonial climax; the unveiling of the corso tile that will soon be added to the parade promenade in Rapenburgsestraat. With the removal of the new-style corsage flag and under a shower of confetti, the shiny black tile with the Goldfish design engraved emerges. A design that, full of technology, managed to move subtly and gracefully through the streets of Lichtenvoorde, according to the jury report, and was received by the public and other car builders with great admiration for the perfect finish.

With this, all the evening’s official ceremonies ended, and it was time for the parade community to make the rest of the evening a really nice party. With a real opening dance by Herman and Marian ter Haar to ‘Let your love flow’, a real golden oldie fair dance number, the feet immediately went off, after which the party continued into the wee hours.

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