DUNSTER’S annual flower festival in the Priory Church of St George proved another resounding success this year with a total of more than £1,500 raised from donations.

Wendy Morgan organised the three-day event for the first time and the theme was ‘British Monarchs Through the Ages’.

Dozens of displays were on show, including one for Charles II, who stayed in Dunster Castle in 1645, and a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died last year.

The funds raised will go toward the upkeep of the 15th century church and the festival was so busy that the total beat the organisers’ expectations.

Tithe barn trustee and flower arranger Barbara Bryan said: “Everybody worked so hard to put on the event organised by Wendy Morgan for the first year under her sterling leadership.

“The total exceeded everybody’s expectations, in fact at one moment they nearly ran out of cakes for refreshments, but magically from nowhere, lovely freshly baked cakes appeared and saved the day.”

During the Saturday, festival visitors were entertained by the ‘Blooming Flutes’ music group, to add to the ambience of the occasion.

The pew ends were decorated with more than 70 women’s shoes filled with flower displays all made by the ladies of Dunster Women’s Institute and proved a talking point throughout the show.

Mrs Bryan said: “Our grateful thanks go to all involved, for making the event such a huge success.”