A Tamworth businessman has gone all out for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations this June with 100 metres of bunting, life sized cardboard cut-outs, flags and a huge street party mural painted on a wall outside his premises.
Andy Farrington of Bradley Scott Windows in Two Gates decided to wave the flag as part of Tamworth Town Team’s efforts to see the town decked out for the Royal celebration.
“I heard about Tamworth Town Team’s desire to go all out for the Queen and I thought it was a great idea and wanted to get involved,” Andy said.
“I love the Queen, I love the country, and I’ve got the perfect building and spot to do it. And I have to say I’ve really gone to town with it – the building is going to be plastered!”
Bradley Scott Windows, situated in a prime location on the Tamworth Road and Watling Street crossroads, has been adorned with almost 100 metres of Union Jack bunting, together with life sized cut-outs of the Queen and an Irish Guard standing pride of place in the window.
Andy has also commissioned local artist Emma Haywood-Curzon to paint a large six-metre wide by two-metre tall mural on a wall outside the showroom depicting a street party scene.
Emma’s work is already well-known in the area as she was also the artist behind a memorial mural painted on the side of the Bull’s Head pub across the road.
That image, designed in conjunction with a former Royal Marine Commando in tribute to a fallen comrade, attracted interest across the country.
Emma, a freelance designer and illustrator from Tamworth, said: “Andy approached me about doing a mural after seeing the Bull’s Head design and I was happy to get involved. I wanted something that was reflective of the community spirit in celebrating the occasion. It’s nice to do something different and this took me away from my desk for a while. I’ve also had lots of people have been commenting on it as I was painting and it’s been well received so far.”
Andy, who started his windows, doors and conservatories business in 1999, is now encouraging other companies around the Two Gates crossroads and along the old A5 to join in the festivities.
“I am planning to wave the flag throughout June and will also be throwing in some St George’s flags and football themed items to mark the start of the European Cup later in the month. It would be nice if we could make that whole corridor look the part and help get the town buzzing,” he said.
A variety of events are taking place to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, including events around the birthday itself on June 11 and throughout the month. These include a community bunting initiative by Tamworth Town Team which will see shops in the town centre festively decked out with individual pennants handmade by local residents with help from The Sewcial Studio in Wilnecote.
It is hoped that businesses across the town will do their bit to help make the Queen’s 90th birthday a royal party to remember.