Floral displays and brave bears on show at Blundeston Church

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

A popular annual event attracted hundreds of people as a special occasion was marked in style.

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

Organisers hailed the success of the annual flower festival and teddy bear parachuting bonanza at St Mary the Virgin Church in Blundeston.

Churchwarden Iris Mayes said: 'The festival, which had the theme 'Teddy is Twenty One' was a great success. The flowers were lovely and the arrangements very imaginative.'

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

With the church open from 10am at the weekend, the brave bears jumped for joy between 2pm and 4.30pm on both days as parachutes were attached to the teddies as they made their descent from the top of the church.

And after two years of bad weather, conditions were perfect – as the event drew the crowds.

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

Mrs Mayes said: 'It was a great weekend. The theme of Teddy is Twenty One marked our 21st year of running the event. The children really enjoy it and it is just wonderful to see the smiles on the children's faces.'

With the church 'very busy' over the weekend, the children were beaming with excitement as their bears were registered and sent to the summit in small baskets.

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

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After the parachutes were attached, the bears were launched from the church roof – with some making the journey down to the ground more gracefully than others.

With the Blundeston Scout Pack on the ground, they were kept busy as a number of the lighter bears landed in the trees. But with the aid of some fishing rods, the scouts were able to rescue every teddy bear.

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

'All the teddies were rescued and the scouts were very good, they were a great help,' Mrs Mayes said.

This year's theme meant the floral displays were suitable for all ages – with a number of delightful creations featuring. Among the displays was the pre-school's 'teddy bear's tea party' creation and another display was a tribute to Her Majesty the Queen.

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

With the event raising funds for the church over the weekend, during the Sunday evening service there was a draw for the Steiff teddy and a cash raffle also took place.

The final fundraising total is still being tallied.

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes

Blundeston parachuting teddies. Pictures: Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

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