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Mary Poppins spotted on roof of church

PUBLISHED: 08:38 02 September 2019 | UPDATED: 10:17 02 September 2019

Paul Chubbok (dressed as Mary Poppins) and Paul Weatherill (dressed as a chimney sweep) on the roof of St Mary's church to promote the Church umbrella competition, raising money for Nelson's Journey. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Paul Chubbok (dressed as Mary Poppins) and Paul Weatherill (dressed as a chimney sweep) on the roof of St Mary's church to promote the Church umbrella competition, raising money for Nelson's Journey. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

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Mary Poppins and a chimney sweep were seen on the roof of a Norfolk Church, parading their brollies.

Members of the Watton Rotary club with colourful decorated umbrellas, promoting the St Mary's Church umbrella competition, raising money for Nelson's journey. Picture: Ella WilkinsonMembers of the Watton Rotary club with colourful decorated umbrellas, promoting the St Mary's Church umbrella competition, raising money for Nelson's journey. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

For a second year, Watton and District Rotary Club is set to hold its Umbrella Festival, encouraging the community to get creative and raise money for local charities.

And what better way than to shout it from the roof top of St Mary's Church, Watton, dressed as Mary Poppins and a chimney sweep?

Rotary club members Paul Chubbock, dressed as Mary, and Paul Weatherill, dressed as a chimney sweep, wanted to recreate the iconic Disney scene when Mary comes down from the sky holding her umbrella, in an attempt to encourage families in Watton to get involved with the festival.

The club are selling umbrellas for £10, to then be decorated and entered into a competition and paraded at Watton Carnival.

Paul Chubbok dressed as Mary Poppins to promote the St Mary's Church umbrella competition, raising money for Nelson's Journey. Picture: Ella WilkinsonPaul Chubbok dressed as Mary Poppins to promote the St Mary's Church umbrella competition, raising money for Nelson's Journey. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

All decorated umbrellas will be taken to Watton Christian Community Centre September 14 where members of the public can vote on their favourite designs.

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That same evening, from 6pm to 8pm, a wine and cheese night will take place for £5 per ticket, where the votes will be counted and prizes given out to the winners.

Those who enter will also be given the chance to parade their umbrellas at Watton Carnival taking place the very next day, September 15, after the church service.

Members of the Watton Rotary club with colourful decorated umbrellas, promoting the St Mary's Church umbrella competition, raising money for Nelson's journey. Picture: Ella WilkinsonMembers of the Watton Rotary club with colourful decorated umbrellas, promoting the St Mary's Church umbrella competition, raising money for Nelson's journey. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

A total of 50pc of the money raised will go to Nelson's Journey Charity, to help children who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life.

The other 50pc of money raised will go towards causes helped by the rotary club.

Last year the club raised £971 after selling nearly 90 umbrellas.

David Branson, chairman of the umbrella committee and club member, said: "Last year we sold about 90 umbrellas and had 35 people who entered the competition and this year we hope to encourage more people to enter so we can raise as much money as we can."

Tickets sold for the cheese and wine night will also go towards money raised.

For tickets visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/watton-rotary-club.

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