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FAMOUS film actor and Roydon resident Ray Winstone has leant his support to the annual flower festival at St Peter's Church over the bank holiday weekend.

Biblical trades and professions still being practised by villagers will provide the subject and flower displays at the High Street church will depict the innkeeper, carpenter, fisherman, farmer, shepherd, musician, baker, potter, lawyer and teacher who can all to be found in the village.

The displays will be on show from 10am until 5pm on Saturday and Monday, and between 11.30am and 5pm on Sunday.

In addition there will be steam traction engine rides for children, stalls selling fruit and vegetables, cakes, flowers, locally-made mugs and painted china, handmade cards and books.

The Festival starts tomorrow evening with a preview of the flower displays.

A musical setting for the preview will be provided by professiional ahrpist Lynne Creasey and David Nairn on classical guitar.

On Saturday there will be a concert of Celtic Rock music played by band Mercy Street, with a songs of praise service in the church at 6.30pm on Sunday.

A pig roast with music by the Band With No Name will bring the festival to a close on Monday.

Mr Winstone, who has recently starred in Hollywood blockbuster King Arthur, said: "Roydon is a great place to live and to work and I hope that everyone in the village and from further afield will support this special event from which many people will benefit."

Rev Diane Ricketts said: "This is our first flower festival since the restoration of the Colte Chapel and we're looking forward to using this part of the Church in a wide variety of ways which we hope will enable us to be more effective in carrying on the work of the Good Shepherd in this place.

The church council has already pledged to donate most of the net proceeds to installing toilet facilities for disabled people and to refitting the hall kitchen which is used by many local organisations. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Disabled Living Foundation.

Admission is £1, which will provide the visitor with a detailed and informative copy of the Festival Guide.

A few tickets are still available for tomorrow's preview, the Celtic Rock Concert on Saturday, and the Pig Roast on Monday.

For more details, or to get tickets, ring flower festival committee chairman Richard Greenhill on 01279 792110.

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FAMOUS film actor and Roydon resident Ray Winstone has lent his support to the annual flower festival at St Peter's Church over the bank holiday weekend.

Biblical trades and professions still being practised by villagers will provide the subject and flower displays at the High Street church will depict the innkeeper, carpenter, fisherman, farmer, shepherd, musician, baker, potter, lawyer and teacher who can all be found in the village.

The displays will be on show from 10am until 5pm on Saturday and Monday, and between 11.30am and 5pm on Sunday.

In addition there will be steam traction engine rides for children, stalls selling fruit and vegetables, cakes, flowers, locally-made mugs and painted china, handmade cards and books.

The festival starts tomorrow evening with a preview of the flower displays.

A musical setting for the preview will be provided by professional harpist Lynne Creasey and David Nairn on classical guitar.

On Saturday there will be a concert of Celtic rock music played by band Mercy Street, with a songs of praise service in the church at 6.30pm on Sunday.

A pig roast with music by the Band With No Name will bring the festival to a close on Monday.

Mr Winstone, who has recently starred in Hollywood blockbuster King Arthur, said: "Roydon is a great place to live and to work and I hope that everyone in the village and from further afield will support this special event from which many people will benefit."

Rev Diane Ricketts said: "This is our first flower festival since the restoration of the Colte Chapel and we're looking forward to using this part of the Church in a wide variety of ways which we hope will enable us to be more effective in carrying on the work of the Good Shepherd in this place.

The church council has already pledged to donate most of the net proceeds to installing toilet facilities for disabled people and to refitting the hall kitchen which is used by many local organisations. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Disabled Living Foundation.

Admission is £1, which will provide the visitor with a detailed and informative copy of the Festival Guide.

A few tickets are still available for tomorrow's preview, the Celtic rock concert on Saturday, and the pig roast on Monday.

For more details, or to get tickets, ring flower festival committee chairman Richard Greenhill on 01279 792110.