FLORAL magnificence should not be missed at a flower festival taking place this weekend in a York village church.

Displays depicting the church year are on show at St Giles's Church, Copmanthorpe, until Sunday afternoon.

Church workers have used dozens of flowers and plants, including lilies and delphiniums, to depict the birth of Jesus and the Resurrection alongside displays honouring St Giles - a hermit blacksmith.

Church member Avrial Fowles said: "In honour of St Giles, there are displays of horseshoes and anvils. We have used all manner of plants and flowers. We have used everything we could possibly get our hands on.

"We have used lilies because they represent peace and purity, while the blue of the delphiniums represents Mary."

Admission is £1 each, including programme. The flowers can be viewed until 5pm today and from 1pm until 4pm tomorrow.

Updated: 11:53 Saturday, June 14, 2003