VIDEO: TV’s Tim Wonnacott backs Chichester Cathedral’s ‘marvellous’ Festival of Flowers

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SUSSEX TV personality Tim Wonnacott has revealed his 20-year association with Chichester Cathedral after being unveiled as patron for the 2016 Festival of Flowers.

The Bargain Hunt star was at a special tea party at the cathedral grounds on Tuesday, where the theme for the hugely-popular biannual event was also revealed.

Tim Wonnacott the Patron of the Chichester Festival of Flowers 2016 with the Chairman, Hilary Tupper, and the new Pink, especially cultivated for the festival..ks150018-1 SUS-150906-203201008

Tim Wonnacott the Patron of the Chichester Festival of Flowers 2016 with the Chairman, Hilary Tupper, and the new Pink, especially cultivated for the festival..ks150018-1 SUS-150906-203201008

“I’m extremely happy (to be patron),” Tim told the Observer.

“My association with the cathedral goes back over 20 years, and to be able to contribute something towards an event which makes a substantial financial contribution, over £1m, is fantastic.”

Tim used to be chairman of Sotheby’s in Billinghurst and took part in auctions to raise money for the restoration trust, which the Festival of Flowers also supports.

He added: “I’m immensely proud of our 900-year-old cathedral...and will do what I can to promote this marvellous affair.”

Tim at the launch

Tim at the launch

‘The Artist’s Palette’ will be the theme for next year’s festival, which takes place from June 1-4, 2016 and regularly attracts 15,000 visitors.

Tim joined flower arrangers and VIPs at a celebratory champagne tea on Tuesday.

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Flower arrangers and VIPs from across Sussex gathered at Chichester Cathedral for the launch

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