Crowds Turn Out For Church Flower Festival

The annual St Mary’s Parish Church Flower Festival opened its doors to the public yesterday.

There were over twenty arrangements on display, with a theme celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, called ’60 Glorious Years.’

Sarah Hale was a first-time arranger this year. Her display featured white delphinium and stock, blue agapanthus and red carnations, together with Union flags.

She said she’d picked up plenty of inspiration, particularly one stunning blue and white arrangement representing the royal yacht, Britannia.

Sarah was stewarding in the church and she said it had been a busy with a queue of people waiting to get in. Many had remarked that it was “lovely to see a splash of colour on such a dull day.”

Margaret Sibley was welcoming people at the door. She agreed that they were “crowded out” in the morning and she said most people where bowled over by the work, in particular with the smaller displays.

Margaret’s own display, a huge arrangement in the foyer representing the Commonwealth, featured exotic red, yellow and orange flowers from Jamaica and South Africa as well as tropical fruit and tribal drums.

Margaret spent the whole of the previous day putting the display together. And she says they need to spray each arrangement with water and remove the dead flowers continually during the four days of festival opening.

Although the event has been annual, last year was unusual because the festival had to be postponed until September. This was because many of the organisers and contributors couldn’t make the usual June date.

The Flower Festival continues until Saturday in the Parish Church with refreshments in the Pavilion.

You can see photos from the Flower Festival in our gallery here.