27th April 2012
CREWKERNE: A stitch in time for Queen
By Marion Draper
BUSY bees are working hard behind the scenes in Crewkerne to prepare for the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip on May 2nd and ladies of the town have been stitching away to make banners and bunting.
Members of the U3A craft group, led by Rita Fisk, have appliqued different types of crown on to banners, to be displayed outside the town hall.
Sarah Wigginton from Arts and Yarns in the George Precinct, designed the work based on crowns researched on the Internet.
The banners include King Edward’s crown, the Imperial Cap and a naval crown and the ladies said they had thoroughly enjoyed the project.
The group had already decided to work on something for the jubilee so when the call went out from the town hall for help with bunting for the royal visit, the special work was welcomed with open arms.
The ladies have also taken out their pinking shears and again with Sarah’s help, are stitching together about one and a half kilometres of red, white and blue triangles.
Town hall spokesperson Annette Roffey said: “This is wonderful, I think they are amazing.
“We wanted it to look coordinated and Sarah has really helped us out, the town council has provided the material but the ladies have done the rest, Eileen Mills from the Crewkerne Chamber of Commerce has been working with all the businesses and a lot have donated a little something towards it, it has been a al town centre effort.
“We are so grateful to them all,we just have get it put up.”
A big tidy up is happening about the town, and the new fuchsia shop in Church Street has helped out neighbour Footprintz by decorating the front of their storage premises in South Street with rows of the delightful flowers.
South Somerset District Council has announced that its car parks will all be free in Crewkerne on May 2nd to encourage visitors to the town to wave at the Queen but please note the town centre roads will be closed from 9am until 11.30am so if you are coming in, it will have to be early.
PICTURE: NAUTICAL CROWNS - Designer Sarah Wigginton and U3A group leader Rita Fisk
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