See you later, alligator

Annie Treen with the donated alligator head. Photo: MFCP11PT05052.
Annie Treen with the donated alligator head. Photo: MFCP11PT05052.

THIS snappy character is one of the more unusual items donated to the bric-a-brac stall at Walpole St Peter Flower Festival.

The alligator head was donated by American Linda Stevens, who lives in the village. She picked it up at Edisto Island, in South Carolina, around six years ago. The alligator was a youngster, only one or two years old, and much smaller than the adults which can grow to 15 or 16 feet long.

Annie Treen, who is one of the organisers of the annual bric-a-brac stall, got a shock when she saw the head.

“It’s definitely the most unusual object we’ve ever had,” she said.

Donations for the popular stall have been pouring in since before Christmas. There are the usual toys and books, plus paintings and small items of furniture.

Annie is hoping the alligator head will create a lot of interest and pull people into the stall - last year they managed to raise about £1,600.

The money gets added to the total amount raised by the five-day flower festival. Thousands of people attend the festival at the church, which is one of Prince Charles’ favourites, and it provides much of the money needed to keep it running. They are currently raising £52,000 for roof repairs.

The flower festival is running from Saturday, June 4 to Wednesday, June 8, from 9pm to 6pm daily, except Sunday, 12.15pm to 5.30pm.

Highlights include the Anthony Curton school choir performing at the Eucharist at 11am on the Sunday and the King’s Lynn Town Band, who are playing at 2pm, also on Sunday.

The usual lunches and teas, which are immensely popular every year, will also be offered.