Christ Church Cathedral Annual Flower Festival

The Annual Flower Festival at Christ Church Cathedral launched with huge success last month an event which marked the centenary of the ANZAC for 2015.

350 people gathered at the Cathedral to enjoy the offical opening cocktail party, commencing a successful and memorable weekend of festivities.

St Michael’s “Warrior” Chapel was transformed into a haven of flowers, a poignant place to remember fallen loved ones since the end of World War I.

Throughout the Cathedral were elaborate and thoughtful tributes that remembered both wars and other major conflicts since, including Vietnam and Korea. Woven crosses, red floral displays and names of fallen soldiers detailed the displays.

A memorial garden to remember lost loved ones took pride of place on the northern and eastern walls of the church, while a mass of greenery representing the Kokoda Track stood between the pews.

Festival chairman David Stewart, clearly chuffed with displays, reflected on the many hours it had taken a team of volunteers and sponsors to put it all together.

”The church has incredible memories of the terrors of war, and a lot of people wouldn’t know it,” Mr Stewart said.

”The 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing prompted us to put on the floral festival for the city to remember the past.”

Governor of NSW, David Hurley, opened the event on Thursday night and spoke of the many governors before him who had a connection with the church and the city.

He told the crowd the festival was a ”very special occasion” that ”highlighted history” and evoked the spirit of mateship.

Picture: Governor of NSW General David Hurley opens the flower show. Photo by Peter Stoop.