Floral anchor delights Beer

PUBLISHED: 10:01 04 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:36 18 June 2010

A FLORAL anchor, crafted by a Beer man, is the latest addition to the village, just in time for this year s Britain in Bloom judging. The beautiful display was made by John Lang, of Underleys, and his wife, Diane, came up with the idea. Diane, 59, said:

A FLORAL anchor, crafted by a Beer man, is the latest addition to the village, just in time for this year's Britain in Bloom judging.

The beautiful display was made by John Lang, of Underleys, and his wife, Diane, came up with the idea.

Diane, 59, said: "I thought it would be nice to do something for the village. We are both into flowers and I quickly thought it up. We put some cardboard down in the living room and it evolved from there!"

It took a month for John, vice chairman of Beer Horticultural Society, to complete the finished product, which is made from welded aluminium.

Both John and Diane decorated the anchor with Lobella flowers.

The floral anchor is now fixed outside St Michael's Church and has already been attracting a lot of attention.

John, 62, said: "I've had a few good comments so far saying how good it looks and I've seen some visitors taking pictures of it."

Following the success of the anchor John hopes it will make a permanent exhibit outside of the church during the summer months.

John added: "I think it has turned out quite well but next year I'm going to make it look even better."

Ursula Makepeace, chairman of Beer Horticultural Society, said: "I am absolutely delighted with the first floral sculpture for Beer, and, bearing in mind that Beer has been a fishing village for centuries, the anchor constitutes an important symbol for Beer's past and present."

The Britain in Bloom judging will take place in mid July and the horticultural society is busy preparing for the visit.

Beer Cubs will be helping to weed Pigs Path, which is registered as a Britain in Bloom Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

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