Flower festival wins Royal approval

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THE Queen’s cousin The Duke of Gloucester is to pay a Royal visit to South Yorkshire next week.

His Royal Highness will visit Rotherham Minster next Wednesday, September 21, to cut a ribbon to officially open the Minster Flower Festival, entitled ‘A Year in the Life of Rotherham Minster’.

As well as meeting members of Rotherham Floral Art, the Minster Mothers’ Union and Whiston WI who have created the displays, the Duke, 67, will enter the Minster through the recently re-opened West doors and view repair work being undertaken on the Minster spire.

Canon David Bliss, Vicar of Rotherham, said: “I am delighted the Duke is visiting the Minster and that he is able to open our Flower Festival.

“It is an exciting time not only for the Minster but for Rotherham as a whole.

“I do hope many people will want to come and welcome the Duke and also to see the magnificent floral arrangements that will be on display.”

The visit will begin at 11.10am, and the Flower Festival will then be open from 12noon to 4pm on the Wednesday, 10am to 4pm from Thursday to the Saturday, and from 8am to 5pm on the Sunday, with services at 8am, 10.30am and 4pm.