The Cheshire Area of NAFAS

Remembrance Sunday 9th November 2014 - Westminster Abbey

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Cheshire Area was asked to send two arrangers down to London to help decorate Westminster Abbey for Remembrance Sunday and the 100 years Anniversary of the beginning of World War 1. Jean Mangnall and Pat Murphy represented Cheshire and it was a great honour to create two pedestals at the end of the Quire Stalls. Flowers and foliage was provided and conditioned by the Abbey/NAFAS representative. The flowers were red roses, red carnations and silk poppies; the foliage phormion, aspidestra, fatsia and monstera leaves. Luckily they had taken extra foliage for filling in the gaps. Their brief was very specific: vertical triangles at least 9 – 10 feet tall including pedestal.

They started at 9.30 a.m. on the Friday just as the public were coming in. The public took a great interest in what they were doing, asking lots of questions. It was altogether a wonderful experience and especially so when they attended the Remembrance Service on the Sunday morning.

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Photographs by Pat Murphy