Fabulous festival of flowers

Belford Flower Festival.'John and Jill Hodge (Market Cross Guest House), Keith and Annette Monnolley (Old Vicarage Guest House ) and John and Ann Murdoch (Farmhouse Guest House) sponsored St Christopher which was created by Caroline Cook.'.

Belford Flower Festival.'John and Jill Hodge (Market Cross Guest House), Keith and Annette Monnolley (Old Vicarage Guest House ) and John and Ann Murdoch (Farmhouse Guest House) sponsored St Christopher which was created by Caroline Cook.'.

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VISITORS flocked to a north Northumberland village to see floral displays over the bank holiday weekend.

A flower festival took place in St Mary’s Parish Church, in Belford, and it was voted a resounding success by everyone who visited.

The creativity, interpretation and skill of those who arranged the flowers were very highly acclaimed, with the standard being voted as exceptionally high.

The weekend kicked off with a concert by Village Voices, the choir that has members from villages between Berwick and Shilbottle.

The packed audience was entertained by a range of music which had the audience transfixed as the music veered from moving to foot-tapping.

Throughout the weekend, visitors wandered at their leisure round the 24 arrangements to the sound of the organ playing in the background and then completed their visit by experiencing the best of Belford’s home baking, courtesy of women in the village. Overall nearly £1,700 was raised for church funds.

The entire event was possible due to the extraordinary support of the congregation and villagers, from the village businesses who sponsored and financed the event and the arrangers who created the displays to those who voluntarily gave their time to bake, operate the kitchen, play the organ, man the church and bring people in to see the flowers.

All of Village Voices’ concerts are given free of charge to organisations who are raising money for charity in the area.

For more information on the choir contact Pat Storey on 01665 581227 or George Scott on 01665 720466.