The impressive result of months of planning and knitting was revealed on Friday 27th May, as Ruddington prepares to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee long weekend in style.
The finished knitted banner was hoisted up outside The Framework Knitters’ Museum on Chapel Street, watched by onlookers – some of whom are actually featured within the stitching of the giant artwork created by textile artist Marie Jones!
Marie was commissioned by the museum via Glassball Studio to piece it together with a nod to Ruddington’s Friendly Societies’ banner processions of old – to feature artwork telling current villagers’ stories of Ruddington: “The Diamond Village”.
After locals were asked to nominate their own “Ruddington Diamonds” to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, half a dozen famous faces (old and new) from our village have now been knitted into the banner, which will be paraded through Ruddington on Sunday 5th June 2022.
It will leave the museum at 10.30am before eventually arriving on The Green, to be blessed at the special Jubilee open-air church service there at 11.30am.
All the “Diamonds” were selected for either their outstanding current day or historic contributions to Ruddington life. They are Alex Preston (The Bottle Top), Queen Victoria’s chevener Ann Birkin (1816-1909), cricketer Jack W Sharpe (1866 – 1936), Demetrios Lawton (Ruddington Fish Bar) and John Noble & Dave Frankie (The Frame Breakers).
You can read the full story and watch a video of the raising of the new banner at RUDDINGTON.info.
Graham Wright via RUDDINGTON.info