PICTURE GALLERY: Boxgrove Flower Festival

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A FLOWERING festival for Boxgrove Priory saw the old church decorated with numerous arrangements over the weekend.

Flowers At Boxgrove was held from Thursday to Sunday in the priory in honour of 60 years since the Queen’s coronation.

C130836-7 Chi Boxgrove Priory Flower festival phot kate  Flower show steward, Lorraine Stapley with an arrangement depicting Coronation chairs and robes.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130836-7

C130836-7 Chi Boxgrove Priory Flower festival phot kate Flower show steward, Lorraine Stapley with an arrangement depicting Coronation chairs and robes.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130836-7

There were 25 flower displays, which chairman of the parish council Barry Jackson said provided ‘a wonderful tribute and portrayed the joyous and colourful event beautifully’.

The various displays covered the coronation itself, various tributes from commonwealth nations and the celebration and life in Boxgrove at the time.

Also on display were the chairs used by the Duke and Duchess of Richmond at the coronation and a display of uniforms from the armed services.

A champagne reception was held after the show which was attended by the High Sheriff of Sussex and 150 invited guests.

The festival was organised by Jean Collyer and Pat Saunders of the village.`

Speaking on Monday, Jean was delighted at how well the festival had been received.

“It was a huge success,” she said. “The quality of the flowers and the quality of the flower arranging was just superb and the feedback has been absolutely wonderful.

“Everybody’s talking about what’s the theme in two years time.”

She added: “The real highlight was on Sunday morning. We had a service at 10am and it was from the coronation service.”

She said the service included music, performed by Boxgrove Choir, and various readings – all of which featured 60 years ago in the coronation service.

“It was absolutely awesome,” said Jean. “The church was packed to the gunnels.”