Festival’s golden blooms

THE ideals of the Olympics will live on at a fabulous flower festival being staged at Lincoln Cathedral this month.

Dreams of Gold runs from August 16 to 20 to fill the gap between the Olympics and the Paralympics.

More than 130 arrangements will decorate the nave, cloister and chapter house, depicting the games from their beginnings in Ancient Greece to the modern day.

Exhibits in the nave will feature the ancient competitions with horses, chariots and torches, while others will focus on all the games held since 1896, including Paris, Munich, Berlin, Los Angeles and Sydney.

Tributes to the events will see a running track in the chapter house and a swimming pool in the cloister, plus depictions of cycling, sailing, equestrian and many other events.

Other exhibits will focus on the winter and Para-Olympic games.

NAFAS groups from across the county - including members from Market Rasen - have been involved in creating the displays.

Tickets for the festival cost £10 each, with concessions £5 and under 16s free, available from the Cathedral Shop, by calling 01522 561644 or online at www.lincolncathedral.com/shop