Village daffodil weekend breaks record

PUBLISHED: 12:30 29 March 2011

Thriplow daffodil weekend. Caroline Atkins, Andrew Swaine, Simon Taylor and Spikey Griffiths all members of the Gog Magog Molly.

Thriplow daffodil weekend. Caroline Atkins, Andrew Swaine, Simon Taylor and Spikey Griffiths all members of the Gog Magog Molly.

Daniel Wilson

SATURDAY and Sunday’s Thriplow Daffodil Weekend was a resounding success, smashing the record for the amount of money raised by £10,000.

Over £34,000 was collected at the annual event, more than doubling last year’s figure and beating the previous record of £24,000 set in 2007.

It was organiser Lynne Turner’s fifth and final year involved in the show, and she was thrilled with its success.

“It was absolutely superb, and I couldn’t have wished for a better way to bow out,” she said.

“We were delighted that so many people came to spend a day with us. Everyone seems to love and appreciate the way the village community works together to deliver a rural delight with a warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.”

Ninety-two coaches from around the country arrived throughout the weekend, coming from as far as Manchester, Lincolnshire and Kent. Around 5,000 people attended the event, which is in its 43rd year.

Mrs Turner said they were fortunate the daffodils were in bloom, especially after last year’s disappointment.

“The daffodils peaked perfectly this year and the village looked gorgeous,” she said. “The weather wasn’t perfect on Saturday but by midday on Sunday, the sun broke through and blue skies and warm sunshine meant visitors were arriving by the score.

“It makes a change from last year when we had a cold winter and the Daily Mail printed an article about the poor showing from Daffodils, which meant we had lots of cancellations.”

Attractions included heavy horse rides, a variety of music, sheep dog and bird displays and Morris dancing.

This year’s nominated charity was Red2Green, which provides learning, leisure and work opportunities for disabled people. They will receive a large chunk of the money, with the rest going to more local charities in the village and surrounding area.

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