Visitors flock to Flower Festival

A floral arrangement of Aslan from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
A floral arrangement of Aslan from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The annual Flower Festival and Patronal Festival returned to St Mary-on-the-Rock church recently.

The Flower Festival was held on Saturday, September 9.

This display shows Winnie the Pooh and Piglet standing on a bridge, possibly playing a game of Poohsticks!

This display shows Winnie the Pooh and Piglet standing on a bridge, possibly playing a game of Poohsticks!

The church was decorated throughout with displays created by members of the congregation and friends.

The theme chosen for this year’s festival was ‘Children’s Stories’ and it resulted in very varied range of displays that were appreciated by a good number of visitors.

Refreshments, from morning coffee through lunch to afternoon teas were also well appreciated and served all day in the church hall.

There were many donations made on the day with more than £800 raised which will be sent to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The charity works with those affected with cancer and their families to help improve their lives following a cancer diagnosis.

On Sunday, September 10, a large congregation gathered to celebrate the Patronal Festival, commemorating the opening of the church in 1875.

They welcomed guest celebrant and preacher, the Reverend Canon Graham Taylor who is currently Rector of St John’s Church in Perth, having previously served as a curate in St Mary’s, Ellon and St James’, Cruden Bay.

David Crosley said: “It was a great privilege to welcome Graham back to Ellon and to invite him to join us for the special day.”