Floral displays on show at festival

St James Church flower festival Gretton

St James Church flower festival Gretton

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Floral tributes to the Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee were on show at an annual flower festival held at St James Church, in Gretton.

The three-day event, which started on Friday, will conclude tomorrow (Sunday, June 24) with a songs of praise service in the church at 6.30pm.

It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the church with all the proceeds going to the building’s restoration fund.

Organisers hope it will raise more than £5,000 this year.

Shirley Fursdon, deputy church warden, said: “The theme of this year’s event is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and a tribute to the Olympics. It’s an annual flower festival which always takes place at the end of June.

“The flowers have all been arranged by ladies from the village and a lot of hard work has gone in to getting it ready.”

Church treasurer John Hindle added: “This is our main fundraising event for the year and it’s what keeps our church going. We are very greatful for any contributions.”