VIDEO: Snowdrops give a sign of spring

THE grounds of one of the town’s most historic buildings were opened up to give members of the public a rare glimpse of the first signs of spring.

The popular annual Snowdrop Walk drew scores of visitors when people from near and far descended on the immaculate grounds of the Hospital of God in Greatham, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, to see millions of the beautiful white flowers in bloom.

The annual Snowdrop Walk through the grounds of the Hospital of God in Greatham.

The annual Snowdrop Walk through the grounds of the Hospital of God in Greatham.

The walk was staged yesterday after it had to be cancelled the previous Sunday due to frost and heavy rain.

But this time everything went to plan and one of the organisers Dorothy Clark said: “It went very, very well.”

She added: “We had quite a lot of people, though we will have a better idea of numbers today when we have counted up the proceeds from ticket sales, which will go towards buying plants for Greatham in Bloom.

“People do come from a wide area to see the snowdrops - the snowdrops are so lovely, we want to share them with everybody.”

Mrs Clark, chairwoman of the Greatham in Bloom committe, said the event involves visitors making their way along a path right through “millions and millions of snowdrops as far as the eye can see” before entering the church and chapel in the 18th century Hospital of God’s grounds and being given a talk on the history of Greatham and the village’s church and chapel.