Flower festival will celebrate and mark aspects of town life

A display from a previous flower festival.
A display from a previous flower festival.

A flower festival, with the theme of memories, will take place in August.

The event will be held at St Paul’s RC Church, in Alnwick, from next Thursday to Saturday, August 6, from 11am to 4pm.

It will feature an altar arrangement to remember the Sisters of Mercy’s time in Alnwick, after the closure of the convent last year, which brought an end to a tradition spanning more than 100 years, after the Sisters arrived in the town in 1890.

The Duchess’s Community High School will also create memories of the school on the move. The school will open in its new site in September.

Other displays will include a First World War dedication and a tribute to 3rd Earl of Derwentwater, who was executed in 1716 after the failed Jacobite Rebellion of 1715. His family owned lands in and around Alnwick, including the site which was the Duchess’ High School in Bailiffgate.

On Sunday, August 7, the church will host an Ecumenical Songs of Praise from 4pm.

The event brings together all of the church community from in and around Alnwick. Members of each church choose a song, explain the choice and all sing.

As part of the flower festival, a preview night takes place on Wednesday.

There will be music by Scott Gray, accompanied by Natalie Batey.

Tickets are £5 and are available from Mary Frater on 01665 605004 or Eileen Turnbull on 01665 602859.