Marquees blown away at Walpole St Peter festival

Walpole St Peter Church Flower Festival 'Ann Purt ANL-150531-100238009
Walpole St Peter Church Flower Festival 'Ann Purt ANL-150531-100238009
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Thousands of people enjoyed a popular flower festival despite heavy winds blowing away marquees.

Seasons was the theme of this year’s festival at Walpole St Peter’s Church and it proved to be quite apt.

Heavy winds on one of the five days of the event forced organisers to evacuate the refreshments tent after three other marquees were blown away or damaged in the gale.

But despite this the festival was estimated to have received 2,000-3,000 visitors.

It is hoped it raised between £5,000 and £6,000 for the church, which is saving for roof repairs.

Church warden William Brooks said: “The Tuesday was very difficult. We ended up taking one tent down and another collapsed.

“We had to evacuate everyone in the refreshments tent in a hurry but luckily no-one was hurt.”

People travelled from far and wide to enjoy the arrangements created by individuals and groups from Wisbech, Sutton Bridge, Boston and Hunstanton.

An outdoor market was held on the Wednesday.

Mr Brooks said: “A comment left in the visitors’ book was: ‘Last year was the best ever and you have done it again’.”