ITN’s Charlene White opened a day of fun at the Mells Daffodil Festival.
Daisy Steel, chair of the Festival organisers (pictured above in orange coat) introduced Charlene to Mells (pictured above to the right of Daisy) and the bellringers enthusiastically greeted the newsreader.
Charlene, surrounded by town criers by the historic church, welcomed people to the event. Thousands of visitors enjoyed a day in the sunshine, sheltering from the occasional strong gust or threatened shower in the Walled Garden and manor house.
People thronged the usually quiet village streets and were able to enjoy traditional morris dancers and the Wurzels, street food and the villagers’ own table top sales that they set up outside their houses. Scores of stalls lined the roads selling everything from brocante to traditional Somerset baskets.
The whole community got involved, including the Mells 1st St Andrews scouts, and Year 6 youngsters from the local school who were raising money for their walk along Hadrian’s Wall.