May 22 2013 Latest news:
Monday, June 11, 2012
A TRADITIONAL flower festival held at one of Prince Charles’ favourite churches attracted more than 2,000 visitors this weekend.
The annual event at St Peter’s Church in Walpole St Peter is one of the largest flower festivals in the area, with coach loads of people arriving throughout both days to take a look.
This year’s theme is 60 years and the sweet-smelling displays explored some of the era’s most notable events, from the coronation to the moon landing.
There were also displays by pupils at the village’s Antony Curton School and a host of stalls selling books, plants, homemade cakes and more.
The church has a long history of royal patronage and Prince Charles is patron of the church roof appeal, launched about 18 months ago.
With the fund now standing at £42,000, work on the project could begin in September.
But church warden William Brooks said the schedule will be dictated by the three species of bat living in the rafters.
“The church is one of Prince Charles’ favourites and he’s been here several times now,” he added. “He just loves the glorious building we have.”
The festival is open daily from 9am to 6pm until Wednesday.