'The Queen of Gloucester Road' pays her own woolly jubilee tribute
AS the Queen's Diamond Jubilee draws closer an elaborate new tribute has appeared in Gloucester Road – made entirely of wool.
The window display at Rainbow Wool in Horfield depicts a street party and has been hand-knitted by the friend of the shop's owner, Patricia Wright.
Mrs Wright, 69, known as Trish or the "Queen of Gloucester Road" to her small cult following, normally helps craft the regularly changing window displays.
She said: "I do it for the area and I do it most of all for the children. I want them to have good memories of walking down Gloucester Road.
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She added: "There's nothing magical any more about window displays, it's all just the same."
Mrs Wright has lived in Gloucester Road above her shop for 37 years and her displays – which are often created with the help of her friend Sandra Cox – have earned her a Rainbow Wools Window Display Appreciation Society (RWWDAS) Facebook page.
She said: "The Queen could have given me a medal and I wouldn't have been as chuffed as I was when I saw the Facebook page."
She added: "I'm known for my windows and I have always tried to liven up the area with something different. I love this area and I love the work I do."
Mrs Wright is keen to give her friend Ms Cox credit for the latest display.
She said: "She does it so quickly, I was meant to be helping but she ended up doing it all. We both love it. It's our life, it's what keeps us going and it makes people so happy. A smile is worth more than a pound."
Bristol has seen one of the highest number of applications in the country for street parties for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
More than 150 parties have been organised so far between Friday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 5 in Bristol and the surrounding areas.
And with five weeks to go before the Diamond Jubilee weekend, the number of street parties registered in Bristol has already passed the number that took place for last year's royal wedding.
So far around 70 community street parties have registered with Bristol City Council for a street closure, in addition to other major organised events.
Applications for the parties have come from across the city, from Hartcliffe to Horfield.