Floral homage to Olympics
FLOWER arrangers from the Sleaford area will be helping transform Lincoln Cathedral with a breathtaking display of flowers from all over the world.
Tens of thousands of blooms from every corner of the globe will be turned into horses, chariots, flames and King Midas for an Olympic-inspired Flower Festival at the cathedral.
And visitors will also be treated to artwork specially commissioned from World-renowned paper sculptor Richard Sweeney.
The flower festival, being staged in the cathedral for the seventh time, will include 130 stunning floral arrangements designed to reflect the spirit, history and international flavour of the Olympics.
Displays at the event, called Dreams of Gold, will include a running track in the Chapter House and a swimming pool in the cloister, plus depictions of cycling, sailing and equestrian sports – all created using thousands of flowers shipped to the city from every continent.
Members of Sleaford and District Flower Lovers’ Club will be tackling five of the arrangements, with themes around ball games, aquatic sports and gymnastics, as well creating an Olympic tree and flagpoles.
The team undertaking the work includes club chairman Liz Prissick, mother and son Barry and Mary Lindley, Val York, Maureen Rhoden, Helen Hilton, Jane Smith, Anne Cawthray, Gladys Simpson, Jill Abbott, Mary Thomas, Jane Gardner, Elizabeth Venn, Anne Munton, Jeanne Lavender and Sue Young. Members of the Flower Lovers’ junior club will be undertaking the Olympic tree arrangement.
Around 200 enthusiasts from 26 flower arranging clubs across the county will spend three days transforming the cathedral into a swathe of colours, smells and sights before the doors are thrown open to the public.
In 2005 the event attracted more than 10,000 visitors and this year organisers hope both the displays and the visitor numbers will be even better.
The exhibition, being held between August 16 and 20, will include four life sized horse sculptures, created using sheets of A1 paper, by artist Richard Sweeney.
“We are really excited by this year’s theme and delighted that we will also be exhibiting the work of someone as talented and respected as Richard Sweeney,” said a spokesman for the cathedral.
Tickets for the event are £10 for adults, £8 for concessions and £7.20 group price. To book tickets call 01522 561644 or go to www.lincolncathedral.com/shop
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