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Manx Heritage Flower Festival 28 June 2004

The 14th annual Manx Heritage Flower Festival takes place from July 4-11.

Jointly sponsored by the Department of Tourism and Leisure and HSBC, this year's festival sees 12 places of worship participating and the organising committee launched the free souvenir programme this week. It contains information on all participants plus details of the many concerts and other entertainments which will be on offer during the festival week.

Organiser Judith Ley commented:

"The continued success of the Flower Festival is due to generous support from our sponsors the Department of Tourism and HSBC bank, and this year we're looking forward to another great festival. Each church receives an average of 1,000 visits during the week, although St John's Methodist Church last year saw 2,700 visitors during the festival!"

All the details can be found in the souvenir programme which is available free of charge from the Tourist Information Centre in the Sea Terminal, Douglas, HSBC branches in Ramsey and Douglas, Total garages around the Island and participating places of worship.

Department chief executive Carol Glover, who attended its launch, commented:

"This year the Department has sponsored the production of a full colour brochure which contains all details of the participants and other nearby visitor attractions plus the concerts and teas on offer. The theme of On The Seventh Day gives flower arrangers lots of scope for their artistry and I'm looking forward to seeing as many of the displays as possible from July 4."

This is the third consecutive year that HSBC has sponsored the festival. Clive Parish, HSBC Area Director, said:

"We are delighted to once again act as major sponsor to the Festival. HSBC branches in Douglas and Ramsey are providing a little flavour of the Flower Festival by displaying arrangements created for us by local arrangers. We hope many people will call in to see them as they tour the churches."

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