Back with a burst of colour

Don't sneeze ... Sharon Scott sets about creating Southwold lighthouse.
Don't sneeze ... Sharon Scott sets about creating Southwold lighthouse.

PORTMAN Road, a Suffolk Punch and Sudbury market. Not a must-see list of what to visit when touring the county, but this year’s entries to a flower festival.

St Lawrence Church in Little Waldingfield was the venue for an arrangement of floral creations that captured the imagination over the weekend as the village’s biennial flower festival took centre stage.

Around 10 people entered the competition, which this year featured a Suffolk theme and challenged those with the skills to take part to shape their perennials into something associated with the county.

Betty Rattee, who helped out at the event, said that everyone who attended had appreciated the work that went into making the entries.

“Everyone who entered worked incredibly hard and they are exhausted now,” she said.

“Many were thinking about what they would do for weeks and a lot of research went into the creations.”

Other carefully crafted flowers included Sudbury’s Walnuttree Hospital and Bury St Edmunds, while children made buckets and spades for around the church’s pews.

“We are all very satisfied with the weekend,” said Mrs Rattee.

“None of those who entered are professional florists but they did the village proud.”

Money raised from the festival will go to the church’s fabric committee fund and the upkeep of the grade I listed church.