Community proggy mat to go on show

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A TRADITIONAL proggy mat celebrating one of Morpeth’s famous sons will be presented to the town this weekend.

The Greater Morpeth Development Trust will hand over the community artwork, based on herbalist William Turner, for display in the Butter Market at the entrance to Morpeth Town Hall.

The mat was created at the trust’s Picnic In The Park event in July when members of the public were invited to make flowers for its border, supported by the Woodhorn Matters group which provided templates.

Experienced members of the group focused on the centre of the mat to depict Turner, known as the Father of English Botany, and the William Turner Garden in Carlisle Park.

GMDT Arts and Culture Director Frank Rescigno said: “We normally have an art project for the community at Picnic In The Park to try to get children and adults involved.

“This year we decided on a traditional heritage project, such as proggy-mat making.

“Woodhorn Matters agreed to organise it for us and made templates of the flowers for people to do. It is a very special proggy mat.

“It’s a community art project that will belong to the town.”

The mat will be handed over to Morpeth Mayor Phil Taylor on Saturday.