Fakenham Flower Festival gets under way

The Flower Festival at Fakenham's Parish Church begins this week. Pictured is Edna Plume. Picture: I

The Flower Festival at Fakenham's Parish Church begins this week. Pictured is Edna Plume. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A church is filled with all things bright and beautiful, for a four-day flower festival themed around the famous hymm.

It runs from today until Monday at Fakenham Parish Church. Organiser Judith Smyth said: 'We've got 29 displays and some of them are quite big. It's all on the theme of the hymm All Things Bright and Beautiful.

'I don't know if it's been done before, we're taking each line of the hymm and depicting it in flowers.'

Some 50 helpers have been helping to arrange displays, from as far afield as Norwich and Dereham.

The festival takes two days to set up, with exhibits sponsored by businesses and individuals from Fakenham and the surrounding area. Some displays remember loved ones, others celebrate an anniversary, wedding or special event.

'What's so lovely for me is I just give people th etitles to do and they come up with the ideas,' said Mrs Smyth. 'It's wonderful to see how they interpret it.'

Bees buzz and butterflies and dragonflies decorate the blooms in He Made Their Tiny Wings.

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A rich man has clearly had his fill of wine judging by the empty bottles, while a poor man's gate near the pulpit looks as if its woodwork has seen better days.

The crowning glory of all creatures great and small decorates the altar beneath the church's most spectacular stained glass window. A sheep and a pig peer out from the display, which has been arranged by the Fakenham Flower Club.

The festival runs from 10am - 5pm each day until Monday (12pm - 5pm Sunday). There will be a special festival service on Sunday (10.30am), which will also incorporate harvest festival.

Admission is to the church, off Oak Street, is free, programmes 50p. There will also be refreshments and gifts for sale.

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