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Record crowds at Kirkby Underwood Spring Open Gardens event




Kirkby Underwood was teeming with visitors for its Spring Open Gardens event.

The event on Sunday attracted a record 232 people - the most in the event’s 15-year history.

Residents opened their gardens to the public at the event, which raises cash for the village hall and the St Mary and All Saints’ Church in Morton.

The surge in visitors this year meant that a record £1,500 was raised - with the total usually between £500 and £800.

Anthony Andrews of organisers Kirky Underwood Summer Fayre Committee, said: “We are a small village and everyone pulled together. It is of the best ones we have had.

“Everybody said it was such a lovely atmosphere when I was talking to people going around.

“I think so many people attended due to a combination of the hot weather and because they had seen the event advertised in the local press.”

Anthony said the gardens were looking wonderful due to the recent spell of warm weather.

He added: “The gardens were looking great - things were blossoming that weren’t even out on Friday.”

Refreshments were provided in the village hall for visitors but sold out due to the huge visitor numbers.

There was a variety of different things to see in the 10 gardens that were opened up.

One of the gardens included a model railway and a performance from Bourne Tuneless Choir, while others were filled with ornaments and vegetables.

Two of the gardens at this year’s event had not been included in an open gardens event before.

Visitors were also treated to a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which included a Lancaster

bomber.

Horticultural items were also up for grabs in a raffle



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