Successful flower show in the sun

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THAKEHAM’S flower festival was a ‘phenomenal success’.

The weather remained perfect for the four day event, which took place from July 28 until July 31 at St Mary’s Church, The Street, with people coming from far and wide to visit.

Thakeham Flower Festival, St Mary's Church, Wendy Cliffe with 'The Village Smithy' arrangement.

Thakeham Flower Festival, St Mary's Church, Wendy Cliffe with 'The Village Smithy' arrangement.

Thursday night’s art show preview was totally packed out and Friday saw the opening of the flower festival and scarecrow display. There were many arts & crafts and produce stalls, as well as an evening of entertainment from The Hit Squad, who played rock music as families enjoyed a BBQ in the evening sun.

Andrew Collett closed Saturday’s proceedings with a piano recital.

Liz MacGregor, event organiser, said: “Andrew treated us to a superb programme as always.”

The highlight of the final day was the family dog show, which had a record 29 entries into the 8 classes. Best in Show went to Tom Julian and his dog Mia.

The theme of the weekend’s festival was Thakeham Past and Present, and people enjoyed seeing exhibits unique to Thakeham.

“People really appreciated the personal touch. It really bought the whole village together,” said Mrs MacGregor.

The festival was rounded off perfectly with more music. The White Lion Pub was host to an afternoon of jazz, and Songs of Praise was held at St Mary’s Church.