Flower Festival - Hungry Caterpillar

Flower Power In Pateley Bridge

The theme for this year’s St. Cuthbert’s Flower Festival was the year 1969, to coincide with local vicar, Darryl Hall’s 50th birthday.

Participants were spoilt for choice when it came to ideas; it seems quite a lot happened in 1969. Perhaps the most obvious international event was the NASA moon landing. It was also Concorde’s first flight, the launch of the Open University, QE2’s maiden voyage, and the publication of beloved children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Members of the Upper Nidderdale Flower & Garden Club, along with talented local amateur florists, displayed their imaginative arrangements for the general public to view at the weekend. Sixties music played throughout the event, and lots of visitors shared their memories (including the surprising cost of living in 1969!).

Additional displays included work by the talented Nidderdale Embroiderers Guild, while local artist, James Owen Thomas, showcased some of his ingenious collage work, made entirely from old scratchcards.