Stormy weather destroyed one of the main marquees just hours before Barnacre Church members were due to welcome visitors to their annual exhibition and flower festival.
But with an exhibition theme of “Bible Stories” parishioners took the help your neighbour message to heart and rallied round to ensure the show went on.
Lightning, thunder storms and gale force winds early on Saturday had done their worst. Yet by opening time the welcome mat was out.
Church Treasurer Peter Woods said: “This exhibition and festival is one of the major fund raising events in our church calendar. When early on Saturday we saw the wind devastation to the tented areas our hearts sank to our boots. However, in true Barnacre spirit, people rallied round to salvage the situation by begging, borrowing or otherwise obtaining other items of covering.”
He continued: “By the opening at 11am on Saturday morning even the two calves on display in the churchyard had cover. Later they, and
many visitors needed the cover from the power of the sun not the driving rain and gales of just ten hours before! At the end of the
day we judged the whole event as a great success.”
Two local residents Henry Anyon and Norman Preston set up a special attraction - a steam engine display.
Churchwarden Mrs Jean Miller said: “Despite our fears some hours earlier people turned up in their droves to support us and enjoy themselves.”
Other residents in the Gonder Lane and Lower Brock area reported the winds had damaged trees, shrubs and pot displays in their gardens too. Churchwarden Mrs Rosemary Wainwright added: “Our theme this year was that of Bible Stories. The displays and exhibits were a treat to the eye of the beholder and took many of us back to our childhood days when we were first told them. Our congratulations go to all those who used their skill and artistry in arranging and providing these individual floral exhibits.”
Mrs Alison Bates, Enrolling Member of the Mother’s Union said: “The whole friendly and homely atmosphere of our Festival and Exhibition was maintained throughout, including the never ending supply of delicious homemade refreshments.”