Photo Gallery: Hundreds attend popular flower festivals at two Lowestoft area churches

Holy Trinity Church,Gisleham annual flower festival and teddy bear zip wire.
George and Hannah Hocking. Holy Trinity Church,Gisleham annual flower festival and teddy bear zip wire. George and Hannah Hocking.

Monday, May 26, 2014
7:19 PM

Hundreds of people flocked to two historic parish churches in Lowestoft as colourful floral arrangements lined the aisles.

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The Holy Trinity church in Gisleham and St Peters Church in Carlton Colville both hosted popular flower festivals over the bank holiday weekend.

The three-day annual flower festival, which has been held at Holy Trinity Church in Gisleham for at least 15 years, attracted another fine turn-out – with this year’s attendance boosted today (Monday) by numerous youngsters who enjoyed an inaugural event.

Children and adults looked on as 60-plus teddy bears whizzed their way to the ground from the top of the church tower via a zip wire.

Pudsey bear, teddies complete with goggles and various other cuddly bears all took the plunge as music from the likes of Mission Impossible and Hawaii Five-0 echoed out over the loud speakers.

And organisers hailed the success of this inaugural event. Church member Sara Bessey said: “It has been really good. We have had a nice lot of people supporting us. The zip wire has been brilliant. It is the first year we have tried it and it has been a success. Lots of churches do teddy bear parachute jumps, but no-one has done a zip wire before and with all the music it adds to the excitement.”

With a “good steady flow” of people turning out each day, and some really positive comments received, the theme for this year’s flower festival was musical showtime – with numerous displays in the historic church.

Refreshments were available throughout the weekend, with quiz, name the teddy bear competition and tombola boosting the amounts raised to maintain the upkeep of the church.

Organisers were hoping to raise between £700 to £800 from the weekend’s festival.

At St Peters Church in Carlton Colville, the First World War was remembered at a poignant flower festival. Organisers were equally pleased with the turn-out during the three-day festival which saw 14 displays in a commemoration of flowers and the chance to have a few moments of reflection over tea and coffee.

Church member and one of the main organisers of the festival, Pamela Vincent, said: “Its been a very successful weekend, supported by a lot of people locally and others from further afield. A lot of people have found it very moving.”

The flower festival is held once every two years at St Peter’s Church, as a tree festival is also held biennially.

In charge of the flower group at St Peters, Mrs Vincent added: “We have got very different displays, some of them depicting poetry from the First World War.”

History boards were also on display in the church, along with a poignant collection of photographs from the First World War, which had been collated a century ago by the former rector of the church Canon Bignold, and showcased in an album after being found by the current rector Jeremy Bishop.

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