Mat pays tribute to famous son

Sheila Wilson, Wendy Dunstone, Cathy Mc Nally, Frank Recigno, Mayor , Janet Oliver, Dorothy Scott  with the William Turner clippy mat.
Sheila Wilson, Wendy Dunstone, Cathy Mc Nally, Frank Recigno, Mayor , Janet Oliver, Dorothy Scott with the William Turner clippy mat.

A UNIQUE community artwork celebrating one of Morpeth’s famous sons has been presented to the town.

Members of the Woodhorn Matters Matmaking Group have spent eight months creating a proggy mat dedicated to William Turner, the Father of English Botany.

The piece, which is made of wool fabric and yarn, was commissioned by the Greater Morpeth Development Trust and was designed by Sheila Wilson, based on the William Turner Garden in Carlisle Park.

Members of the public were encouraged to get involved and create flowers for the border at several community events, such as the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering, Picnic In The Park and the Friends of Brierdene Open Day.

The finished mat was presented to Morpeth Mayor Phil Taylor.

It has been given pride of place in the Butter Market in the Town Hall.