Hundreds attend charity flower festival

James Harrison

War and Peace, the Very Hungry Caterpillar and Three Men in a Boat were among the arrangements at a charity flower show.

The Flower Festival at All Saints Church, in High Street, saw 23 displays on show, based on the theme of 'a Jolly Good Read'.

About 1,000 people are believed to have passed through between the show opening on Friday evening and closing on Monday, raising money for a planned refurbishment of the church's toilets.

Speaking afterwards, joint organiser Muriel Reynolds said she had been pleased with the turnout on Saturday and Monday, even if Andy Murray's victorious display in the Wimbledon men's final on Sunday had 'kippered' them.

She joked she was considering writing to ask him for a donation to make up for the lower turnout.

"I think it's gone very well," she said about the whole event.

"The ladies who take part did so from all sorts of flower clubs around the area and without the support of them it would be very difficult to do and their talent is outstanding."

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