The Leicester Cathedral Flower Festival officially opened to the public on Friday 13 September, with Timesh Patel – the youngest of six apprentices currently undertaking a year long placement with the Diocese of Leicester – cutting the ribbon. David Jennings, Chair of the Flower Festival, said: “The arrangements are truly stunning and beautify our Cathedral. The theme of “loyalty binds me”, Richard III’s motto, gives an important context to the festival.”
With over £8,000 raised and more than1,500 visitors over the four days we can only conclude that it was a resounding success. Special events included Poetry and Music from the Cathedral Chamber Choir and BBC Radio Leicester’s John Florance, and a Last Night of the Proms style concert with the John Cleveland College Orchestra
Leicester Cathedral would like to thank all who supported and attended the Flower Festival.
Particular thanks go to The Revd Julie-Ann Heath, all the volunteers, flower arrangers, musicians, performers, stewards, and helpers who gave their time, expertise, and assistance. Without their dedication, help, and support, an event on this scale would not have been possible. Special acknowledgement goes to Gayle Shell and Anne Sylvester for creating their concept design, their inspiration, and execution of ‘Loyalty Binds Me’. Finally we would like to express our gratitude to all the sponsors and advertisers of the Flower Festival, in particular to Ecclesiastical for being our main sponsor.