A MOULTON villager is “on cloud nine” after organising the “best party ever” to celebrate her 80th birthday.
Mary Brice wanted to give something back to the village where she has spent half of her life and decided a four-day All Creatures Great and Small festival was just what was needed to bring friends and families together.
Mary, with a lot of help from her own family – including her brother and his wife who flew in from Spain for the celebration – organised an extravaganza of animal-themed attractions to raise money for local animal charities and Moulton’s All Saint Church organ fund.
She said: “I was totally overwhelmed by how successful it was.
“It was lovely to see fathers sitting down with sons to do some painting, or mothers with little ones making puppets.
“And it was good to see so many people coming back more than once to take part.
“I am totally on cloud nine, even now, and can’t believe how generous people were.
“It was the best birthday present I could have hoped for.”
Among the attractions Mary organised was the world champion whistler, who wowed the crowds – and brought out the bats – with her pitch perfect birdsong.
More than 20 artists showed off their work, and guests were able to try out their own skills with art and crafts workshops, such as sock puppet making and Copy Cats pastel painting.
Baytree Nurseries and Garden Centre’s owls were also on hand, proving very popular and the church became Moulton’s very own Noah’s Ark with a Sunday pet service.
As well as numerous cats and dogs, vicar Rosamund Seal’s cockerel ran up and down the aisle and the congregation was able to get up close and personal with a tarantula and boa constrictor.
Mary added: “I’m not totally sure yet how much we raised but I should think it was close to £400 or £500.
“I am so pleased.”