Memorable 2012 blooms into life at flower festival

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Abid Hussain and his consort Joe Rez called in to see the exhibits at the flower festival at St Michael and All Angels Church, Cornholme

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Abid Hussain and his consort Joe Rez called in to see the exhibits at the flower festival at St Michael and All Angels Church, Cornholme

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THE best of Britain was in bloom at a church’s flower festival.

The annual event at St Michael and All Angel’s Church, Cornholme, featured 26 exhibits on an Olympics and Diamond Jubilee theme.

Winifred Rogers, one of the organisers, said given the big national events taking place this summer, they wanted to reflect a momentous 2012 in the flower festival.

“We thought it was a good theme this year,” she said.

“We had various displays.

“They were not just on the Jubilee and Olympics.

“There were also some about the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and others about celebrations taking place this year.”

Winifred said the attendance was slightly down this year, but that was probably due to the bad weather which has hit the upper Calder Valley.

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Abid Hussain called in to see the floral displays, which included one about the Paralympics.

“He spent quite a while here,” Winifred said.

“He was surprised at what he saw and impressed with the talent we have here.

“They are very enthusiastic about it.

“Everybody worked together. We have a great group.

“They are already asking what we are going to do next year.”

The flower festival is one of the church’s biggest fundraisers. This year, it raised more than £900 for church funds.

Planning is already underway for the Christmas tree festival in December.