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Flower Festival

This year’s Flower Festival will be held from 25-27 June 2004 and marks 50 years of Flower Festivals at Upwell St Peter.

Flyer for this year's festivalThe Flower Festival will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

There will also be special events on each of the three days:

On Friday evening at 7.30pm, there will be a cheese and wine concert with the Upwell G&S Society performing “Songs from the Fifties”.

On Saturday morning from 10am to 12 noon, there will be a Coffee Morning with Bottle and Cake Stalls.

On Sunday afternoon, there will be a display of classic and vintage cars on the village playing field from 1pm with a parade through the village starting at 2.30pm.  Barbecue and refreshments will be available.

Finally, on Sunday evening at 6.30pm, a Festival Evensong service will take place.

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A brief history of Flower Festivals in Upwell

Cover of the programme for the 1986 festivalTwo years later, in 1954, the East of England Flower Arrangement Society was founded and held its first flower festival in Upwell St Peter church.

The East of England Association was the first area association to be founded and pre-dated the National Association by five years. For this reason, Upwell claims a special place in the history of church flower festivals.

A special festival to mark 25 years of flower festivals was held in 1979 but there was then a gap until 1986 when the Upwell flower festivals were revived and have been held every year since.

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Flower festivals past

Pictures from the 2003 festival:

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An account of the 1966 flower festival was published at the time in the local Advertiser and Pictorial newspaper (26 May 1966):

Newspaper cutting from 1966 - click here for larger version (NB: file size = 300 KB approx)Click on the thumbnail for a larger version of the newspaper cutting.
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