Topper tops off high street decorations

DOWNEND WI’s talented knitters produced another masterpiece to help decorate the high street for the Coronation of King Charles III.

Decorated with around 60 red, white and blue felt roses and topped with an impressive woollen replica of the St Edward’s Crown used in the Coronation ceremony, the topper outside the post office was the result of hundreds of hours’ work by the group’s 46 members.

The topper was designed by WI member Suzzie Belcher, who also painstakingly created the crown.

Members produced the felt roses, based on a Tudor design. Crocheted roses, daffodils, shamrock and a thistle represented the nations of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Suzzie, who also designed toppers for the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and Remembrance Sunday last year, said: “We started work in February. The crown took three weeks of solid work.”

The topper complemented the displays of flags and bunting put up in the high street area by volunteers from Downend & Bromley Heath in Bloom.