Thriplow Daffodil Weekend 2018: Coldest festival in 50-year history still warms visitors’ hearts

PUBLISHED: 16:51 19 March 2018

Volunteers on a cake stall at the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny Loo

Volunteers on a cake stall at the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny Loo

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The warm-hearted folk of Thriplow were out welcoming visitors to their annual daffodil festival at the weekend, which raises cash for good causes.

Visitors to the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny LooVisitors to the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny Loo

The Thriplow Daffodil Weekend is usually a firm indicator that spring has sprung – it takes months of hard work by more than 350 volunteers to put together – and on the eve of this year’s 50th anniversary extravaganza, the South Cambs village basked in 14°c sunshine.

However, by the start of the festival on Saturday, it was all change – as freezing temperatures meant a blanket of snow covered the village and stayed all weekend.

Mini steam engines on display at the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny LooMini steam engines on display at the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny Loo

Despite the weather, the show went ahead as planned with the early count of money raised standing at £18,000.

A TDW spokeswoman said: “Our visitors are truly amazing. Thank you for rescuing us – after five months of volunteer planning it would have been so disheartening not to have raised money for our local charities.”

Visitors to the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny LooVisitors to the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny Loo

The trade stalls and hot food sellers were out, as were Morris dancers and a Civil War reinactment regiment.

There were many other traditional attractions including a dog show which entertained the faithful visitors.

The Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny LooThe Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny Loo

The nominated charity for this year’s event was Stars, which supports young people facing grief after the death of someone close to them.

Visitors to the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny LooVisitors to the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny Loo

Visitors to the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny LooVisitors to the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny Loo

The Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny LooThe Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny Loo

Visitors to the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny LooVisitors to the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny Loo

A volunteer at the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny LooA volunteer at the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny Loo

A steam engine at the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny LooA steam engine at the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny Loo

The Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny LooThe Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny Loo

A bird of prey show at the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny LooA bird of prey show at the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny Loo

A dog competiting at the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny LooA dog competiting at the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny Loo

Visitors to the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny LooVisitors to the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend. Picture: Danny Loo

Picturesque Thriplow is the setting for the daffodil festival. Picture: Clive PorterPicturesque Thriplow is the setting for the daffodil festival. Picture: Clive Porter

The Civil War re-enactment by Rawdon’s Regiment were part of the weekend’s entertainment. Picture: Clive PorterThe Civil War re-enactment by Rawdon’s Regiment were part of the weekend’s entertainment. Picture: Clive Porter

Imelda Micallef delighted with a purchase of some glass flowers. Picture: Clive Porter

 Imelda Micallef delighted with a purchase of some glass flowers. Picture: Clive Porter

Morris dancers keeping warm at the festival. Picture: Clive PorterMorris dancers keeping warm at the festival. Picture: Clive Porter

Edward Allen at the smithy. Picture: Clive PorterEdward Allen at the smithy. Picture: Clive Porter

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