Flower Festival at Parish Church

Leigh Parish Church
Leigh Parish Church

A SPECTACULAR flower festival will grace Leigh Parish Church as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Flower Clubs from across the borough will be joined by green-fingered colleagues from as far afield as Liverpool and Salford for a festival at the church to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne.

Key events from during the Queen’s reign will be brought to life in a series of spectacular displays made from thousands of blooms.

The floral tributes are just one of a series of events taking place at the church to mark the Diamond Jubilee, with four days of services and afternoon musical performances between Thursday, June 7 and Sunday, June 10.

On the Thursday the GMP Sax Quartet and various visiting organists will entertain the festival-goers, while there will be further organ music in between performance from mezzo Barbara Mayers and soprano Sue Bradley on the Friday, and sets from Newchurch Parish Church handbell ringers and St Mary’s Choir on the Saturday. All the music will take place between 12 noon and 3pm.

The musical programme comes to a close on the Saturday evening, with a Last Night of the Proms-style concert featuring acclaimed mixed choir Cantique.

The festival wraps up on Sunday with a special Thanksgiving service attended by a host of local dignitaries and religious representatives, including the Mayor of Wigan Coun Myra Whiteside, The Lord Lieutenant for Greater Manchester and the Archbishop of Liverpool.

A quarter peal will be rung on the bells to celebrate the Jubilee before the service, for which early arrival is advisable.

Refreshments will be available from Thursday to Saturday at Leigh CE Infant School on Walmesley Road.

Tickets for the Cantique concert are £8. Contact 01942 259257 for more information.