HER MAJESTY SEES PART OF THE FLORAL TRAIL AS SHE VISITS NOTTINGHAM
Pippa Stephens of Cathy Stephens Jewellery in Flying Horse Walk and a member of the Environmental Steering Group of the Nottingham Retail Business Improvement District
It’s great news that the Queen is going to be able to see two of the beautiful wicker sculptures that form part of the floral trail around the city when she comes to Nottingham on Wednesday 13th June.
The wicker shoe and handbag are going to be moved from their normal positions on Bridlesmith Gate and Clumber Street to the Old Market Square for the Royal visit. They will be positioned close to the tram line and the fountains, either side of where The Queen’s vehicle will drive at slow speed, so she will have a lovely view of the award winning sculptures. I really hope that she enjoys them. They are just one of the many features that help to make Nottingham such a great city.
The floral trail, which has been jointly sponsored by Nottingham’s Retail Business Improvement District and Nottingham City Council, was launched last week and I was delighted to be present when they were unveiled. They will enhance the city over the Summer as they come into full bloom and will be enjoyed by shoppers and visitors to the city – including Royal visitors!
On the day that they were unveiled they generated a great deal of interest and many people said that they were pleased to see them back. They made their first appearance last year and received a special award in the East Midlands in Bloom competition which is why they are making a welcome return.
There are a total of eight sculptures around the city representing items that can be bought at city centre retailers, showcasing the diverse retail offer in the city. In addition to the shoe and the handbag there is a perfume bottle at the junction of Queen Street and King Street; a dress on the corner of Milton Street and Lower Parliament Street; a chair on Victoria Street; a coffee cup at St Peter’s Square; a jacket on Middle Pavement and a ring on High Street.
The aim of the trail is to encourage people to visit various parts of the city whilst also enhancing the retail streetscape. There’s also an opportunity for people to win £100 worth of shopping vouchers to spend with the city’s retailers.
For shoppers and visitors to Bridlesmith Gate and Clumber Street do not fear – whilst the show and handbag sculptures are in their temporary positions, floral planters will be put in their place. Everything will be back to normal by the end of Wednesday!
Details about the competition: each planter will feature a phrase and a QR code. By scanning the code using a smart phone, people will be taken through to an app hosted on the Its in Nottingham Facebook page where they can enter a competition which will give them the chance to win £100 worth of shopping vouchers by putting in the phrase from the planter and their details.
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