More than �1,600 raised at Tydd St Giles Parish Church's flower festival

FLOWER power reigned supreme in a Fenland village church – and raised a whopping �1,660 for restoration projects. Hundreds of people visited Tydd St Giles Parish Church throughout the three-day festival, to admire the stunning displays that transformed th

FLOWER power reigned supreme in a Fenland village church - and raised a whopping �1,660 for restoration projects.

Hundreds of people visited Tydd St Giles Parish Church throughout the three-day festival, to admire the stunning displays that transformed the church into a sea of colour.

But plenty more people came into the village on Saturday for yard sales and for a coffee morning at the Methodist chapel.

Jane Melloy, flower festival co-ordinator, said: "There have been yard sales in the village before but never in conjunction with the festival.

"When it was suggested to hold the two together I though it was an excellent idea. It turned out to be a massive success."

The festival kicked off last Thursday night with a talk from antique dealer Richard Robbs, of Granny's Cupboard of Wisbech. He grew up in the village and took items relevant to Tydd St Giles to the talk, before carrying out valuations for people.

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On Friday pupils from Kinderley Primary School visited for its harvest assembly, and on Saturday night there was a concert featuring local comedians, music and dance groups.

The festival closed with a Songs of Praise service on Sunday, before an auction of harvest produce at the Crown and Mitre pub.

Mrs Melloy said: "It was an extremely good weekend; we were very blessed with the weather as well.