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The impact of coronavirus has inspired some colourful displays at a West Norfolk parish church.

A three-day flower festival took place at the All Saints' Church, Shouldham over the bank holiday weekend.

The theme of the displays was "Things We Missed in Lockdown", reflecting the extent to which normal life shut down during the pandemic.

Flower Festival 2021 at All Saints Church at Shouldham..The theme of the show this year is (Things We Missed During Lockdown)..Jennifer Malby with her display....Royal Ascot. (50710227)
Flower Festival 2021 at All Saints Church at Shouldham..The theme of the show this year is (Things We Missed During Lockdown)..Jennifer Malby with her display....Royal Ascot. (50710227)

The displays covered subjects ranging from going for months on end without seeing close relatives to sports events like Royal Ascot, many of which were forced to go ahead behind without spectators if they could happen at all.

Another arrangement reflected on the loss of theatre productions, which were among the countless events cancelled during the pandemic.

And others reflected on the shutdown of foreign travel, which still remains challenging because of ongoing quarantine requirements for travellers returning from many nations.

Flower Festival 2021 at All Saints Church at Shouldham..The theme of the show this year is (Things We Missed During Lockdown)..Rita Banyard with her display Hugs and Kisses ... (50710226)
Flower Festival 2021 at All Saints Church at Shouldham..The theme of the show this year is (Things We Missed During Lockdown)..Rita Banyard with her display Hugs and Kisses ... (50710226)

A total of 25 displays were on show during the three-day event, which raised a total of £1,800 for church funds.

Jennifer Malby, one of the event's organisers, said its proceeds would be vital to help keep the church running.

She said: "Churches have had nothing, no weddings, no congregations for about 18 months. Some are in desperate straits.

"This will pay the utilities for the year. We were pleased with that.

Flower Festival 2021 at All Saints Church at Shouldham..The theme of the show this year is (Things We Missed During Lockdown)..Display by Jan Oliver.....My Son. (50710169)
Flower Festival 2021 at All Saints Church at Shouldham..The theme of the show this year is (Things We Missed During Lockdown)..Display by Jan Oliver.....My Son. (50710169)

"We couldn't do it without all the arrangers and everyone who helped. The village really supported us."

Flower Festival 2021 at All Saints Church at Shouldham..The theme of the show this year is (Things We Missed During Lockdown)..Display by Shouldham Ladybirds.....Missing Our Girls. (50710170)
Flower Festival 2021 at All Saints Church at Shouldham..The theme of the show this year is (Things We Missed During Lockdown)..Display by Shouldham Ladybirds.....Missing Our Girls. (50710170)
Flower Festival 2021 at All Saints Church at Shouldham..The theme of the show this year is (Things We Missed During Lockdown)..Display by Julie Bland .....Cruising. (50710225)
Flower Festival 2021 at All Saints Church at Shouldham..The theme of the show this year is (Things We Missed During Lockdown)..Display by Julie Bland .....Cruising. (50710225)
Flower Festival 2021 at All Saints Church at Shouldham..The theme of the show this year is (Things We Missed During Lockdown)..Display by Wendy Ash.... Burleigh Horse Trials. (50710168)
Flower Festival 2021 at All Saints Church at Shouldham..The theme of the show this year is (Things We Missed During Lockdown)..Display by Wendy Ash.... Burleigh Horse Trials. (50710168)
Flower Festival 2021 at All Saints Church at Shouldham..The theme of the show this year is (Things We Missed During Lockdown)..Display by Shouldham Ladybirds.....Show Cancelled. (50710224)
Flower Festival 2021 at All Saints Church at Shouldham..The theme of the show this year is (Things We Missed During Lockdown)..Display by Shouldham Ladybirds.....Show Cancelled. (50710224)


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