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20,000 flowers in the Cathedral

Confidential’s Sleuth gets annoyed that he didn’t know more about the flower festival in our favourite medieval church

Published on July 6th 2009.

20,000 flowers in the Cathedral

So Sleuth was walking past the Cathedral on Saturday and was annoyed to find that one of the prettiest shows he’s seen in Manchester for years was taking place without his knowledge.

The mix of colour and the scent in the Cathedral almost threw Sleuth back to those early days when meadows would have surrounded the Cathedral less than a minute’s walk away.

He must have missed the press release, but there were 20,000 flowers in the Cathedral, which is considerably more than the number of holes in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Sleuth investigated further.

A quote on the Cathedral website from Helen Bamping, the Cathedral head flower arranger, went like this: "We regularly design displays for weddings or memorial services - such as George Best's. With so many groups coming from all over Greater Manchester, people will have seen nothing like this.”

Maybe so. Sleuth certainly hasn’t seen the Cathedral dressed so well in all the time he’s visited. The bad news is that the flowers are removed today, Monday 6 July, so get down now if you can.

If not look at our pictures below and see how fine the floral displays looked. Remember this building lies on the site of a church which goes back over a millennium. Much of what you see in the Cathedral dates from the 1300s and 1400s. The mix of colour and the scent in the Cathedral almost threw Sleuth back to those early days when meadows would have surrounded the Cathedral less than a minute’s walk away.

The idea for the festival came from the Dean of Manchester, Rogers Govender. He said, "There has not been such a celebration of floral art in Manchester since the 1950s. I thought it was time that Cathedral, in the middle of the International Festival, hosted a unique event. We have asked each artist to take inspiration from key themes found within the Christian Bible, with a special emphasis on ‘Faith, Hope and Love'. These eternal values have lasted the test of time and still provide a great deal of comfort for those who are in the middle of our current economic woes and worries. My advice is to head for the Cathedral for a little bit of blooming petal therapy."

Very good Dean, but let us know in advance next time.

The flower festival runs from 3 to 6 July between 10am and 6pm. During this time entry to the Cathedral will costs £5 (£4 concessions), with free admission for children accompanied by an adult and free entry for those wanting to enter the Cathedral for private prayer. During the family-friendly event there will be a café located in the Cathedral.

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OrigenJuly 6th 2009.

Welcome change of tone from the contemptible hatchet job you lot did on the Hidden Gem the other year......nice photos too !

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