Angels could prove Godsend for Newton Flotman church

An appeal to raise money for repairs to a Norfolk church tower may have just found its guardian angels thanks to schools and businesses.

St Mary's Church in Newton Flotman has been filled with 300 angels made by local businesses and schools to help with an appeal to raise �46,000 for repairs to the tower.

And visitors to the church have been able to see the angels, which vary in size and have been placed around the church, in return for a donation to the appeal fund.

The four day Angel's Festival started on Friday and attracted between 100 and 200 visitors on the first day eager to catch a glimpse of the ethereal guests.

Among the more unusual angels was one made by a gardening business out of gardening equipment, while another was carved into an oak sleeper.

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The angels are in standing and sitting positions, while some are on shelves or window sills.

A number of other events are taking place during the festival related to angels including a talk from a Norwich librarian on the subject and a Songs of Praise service, held on Sunday.

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Vicky Ball, secretary of the church council, said other churches around the county were organising similar festivals with Christmas trees, but there was not enough space in St Mary's for trees, so the church had opted for angels instead.

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