Blooming success

Rev Chris Collison pictured with some of the lowers on display at the St Hildas Church flower festival.
Rev Chris Collison pictured with some of the lowers on display at the St Hildas Church flower festival.

A HISTORIC Headland church played host to its first flower festival for 33 years.

Everything from roses to lilies and delphiniums were on display in a colourful and popular showcase at St Hilda’s Church.

It was the first of a number of events and activities at the church – the majority of which will be held next year – to mark the birth of St Hilda of Whitby, who was born in 614AD.

And the flower show was the highlight of a “fantastic” weekend in the church, which also included a concert, a songs of praise event and an organ recital.

Members of the Hartlepool and District Flower Club and the Hartlepool Afternoon Flower Club put together the flower displays attracting admiring glances from the hundreds of people who visited the church over the weekend.

Jean Armstrong, a member of both flower clubs and a St Hilda’s parishioner, said: “It was a brilliant weekend, absolutely brilliant.

“Everyone who played a part in organising the events were so pleased with how it all went.

“We had so many people telling us how beautiful the flowers looked which was really nice. The last time a flower show was held in the church was in 1980.”

The flowers were on show in the church from last Thursday until Monday evening.

All of the money raised over the weekend will go back into church funds, though organisers are still counting how much was actually raised.

Jean, 75, who lives in Hart Station, added that this event was the first of many.

She said: “With Hilda being born in 614 we will be doing a number of different things next year and this was organised to get things going.

“It was a real success, the weather was really good across the weekend which always helps.

“We had 136 people at our concert on Saturday night which was excellent, it’s great to get such good support.

“Hopefully all the other events which are organised next year will be just as successful.”