A THREE DAY flower festival celebration the history and heritage of Bishop Auckland and the surrounding area begins today.

The event, in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance, sees nine churches come together to put on the show at St Mary’s RC Church, in Bishop Auckland.

It will be open from 11am until 5pm today, 1pm until 7pm tomorrow and between 11am and 4pm on Sunday.

Organiser Zita White said the idea came about following a meeting in which they were looking at how they could use the church more.

The flowers have been either grown, donated or paid for out of donations.

Admission is £3, including refreshments and homemade tea and cake.