Celebrity pooches launch flower festival

FOUR film star corgis with “doggie Oscars” were the guest stars in a Suffolk village to help launch a flower festival marking the diamond wedding anniversary of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

FOUR film star corgis with “doggie Oscars” were the guest stars in a Suffolk village to help launch a flower festival marking the diamond wedding anniversary of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The corgis, which featured in the film The Queen starring Dame Helen Mirren, were particularly interested in a window sill decorated on the theme of The Queen's Dogs - one of 60 flower arrangements on display.

They were escorted to the festival, at All Saints Church, Stradbroke, by their owner, Liz Smith, a retired outside caterer from Little Blakenham, who said she had become known as Corgi Liz on the film set.

Five of Mrs Smith's corgis - all later given “doggie Oscars” - featured prominently in The Queen which dealt with the immediate aftermath of the death of Princess Diana in 1997.

However, only four travelled to Stradbroke to attend yesterday's official launch of the flower festival.

Rev David Streeter, local rector, said he had always marked special Royal occasions, usually with topical verses for a well-known hymn.

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“However, I thought we should mark the monarch's diamond wedding anniversary with a festival which has involved many people in the Stradbroke area,” he said.

The festival continues all this week and will close at 6pm next Monday.

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