Making history at Cathedral of the Fens in Gedney

St Mary Magdalene Church, Gedney, hosted its 49th flower festival with volunteer flower arrangers Carol Young, Pat Beba, Carol Hoyles, Jean Ward, Joyce Waterfall and Jane Webb.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
St Mary Magdalene Church, Gedney, hosted its 49th flower festival with volunteer flower arrangers Carol Young, Pat Beba, Carol Hoyles, Jean Ward, Joyce Waterfall and Jane Webb. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Gedney’s St Mary Magdalene Church is preparing to welcome visitors to its 49th Flower Festival, with a theme of Living with History.

Volunteers have already decorated the church, known as The Cathedral of the Fens, with displays celebrating 800 years of British history, including the Magna Carta and Winston Churchill.

Gedney Flower Festival is held at this time of the year in order to break away from when all the other flower festivals are held.

Jane Webb, joint-organiser of St Mary Magdalene Church, Gedney, Flower Festival

Jane Webb, one of the festival organisers, said: “We think this is our 49th flower festival and for many, many years, it’s been held at this time of the year in order to break away from when all the other flower festivals are held.

“We’ve had thousands of visitors over the years and this year, around 70 flower arrangers are involved in decorating the church.”

The festival started today and highlights include a concert by The Joystrings, Lt Col Peter and Sylvia Dalziel of the Salvation Army, which is on tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm.

St Mary Magdalene will also host a Songs of Praise at 6.30pm on Sunday to bring the flower festival to an end,

Mrs Webb said: “This is our largest church fundraiser of the year and a tremendous amount of effort has gone into the flower displays which are so beautifully dressing the church.”