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Villagers in Flash celebrate triple event

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 19, 2014

  • Pictured left to right are organisers Doreen Graham, Margaret Parker, Andy Collins (corr) and David Graham with assembling giant teapot ready for the parade in Flash.

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VILLAGERS in Flash held a triple celebration on Saturday when Britain's highest community staged a successful historic tea pot parade, well dressing and flower festival.

The day began with a short service at St Paul's Church led by Rev James Forrester.

Following the teapot service the blessing of the well in the centre of the community took place.

The theme for the well dressing was "Lest We Forget" to commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War.

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Following the service and blessing the teapot parade, led by musicians Paul Hill from Leek and Paul Wood from Buxton headed to Knights Table public house and shop on the A53 Leek to Buxton Road at Flash Bar, before returning to the village hall.

Youngsters at the hall then entertained people with music while tea and cakes were served.

Saturday also saw the start of a four day flower festival in St Paul's Church which attracted visitors from a wide area.

Local people had decorated the church to the theme of All Things Bright and Beautiful.

One organiser of the event, Andy Collins, said: "The day was very successful and it brings the community together.

"The turnout of people was very good and the weather managed to stay fine.

"One family from Canada join in the day's celebrations. They were staying with relatives near Derby and had never been to a well dressing before."

On Sunday, a songs of praise event was held at the village church and on Monday a social evening and reunion took place.

The tea pot tradition dates back to the 1840s, when a friendly society was formed.

Everyone in the village gave a little money which was put into a teapot.

The money was then given out to villagers in times of sickness, unemployment and bereavement.

Due to changes in charity law, the society was wound up 18 years ago.

The banner was laid to rest in Flash church, but villagers keep the tradition alive by holding the annual parade.

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