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Around £900 raised at Kirkby Underwood Spring Open Gardens event

Kirkby Underwood was blooming as visitors browsed open gardens in the village.

The 16th annual Spring Open Gardens took place on Sunday and raised around £900 that will be split between the village hall and St Mary and All Saints' Church.

Anthony Andrews, a Kirkby Underwood Summer Fair committee member, said: "It went very well indeed.

"This time last year, we had a heatwave and record numbers at the Spring Open Garden.

"Although the weather wasn't as good as last year, we still had over 120 adults and children come along and take in the open gardens.

"We had 10 gardens open in the village and also a brilliant fly-past from a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

"We also had refreshments in the village hall, including hot soup which was very popular and there was a tombola too.

"Any profits we do make go towards the village hall and the church as both buildings need a considerable amount of upkeep.

"We think we have made around £900 this year and we never thought we would get that much.

"We had people waiting a quarter to 11 to come in and there were still people going ground at half past four so it was a long day but a good day.

"There were also a lot of new people coming to visit this year.

"I would say more than half were new to the village."

The gardens on display included a wide variety of shrubs, plants, water features, patios and fine views of the tranquil surrounding countryside.

One of the gardens even boasted two old Romany-style caravans - one large and a miniature version.

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