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Gorleston bridal shop’s window display is melting the hearts for cancer support trust

PUBLISHED: 09:35 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:27 14 February 2018

Catrian Spanton from Catrina's Bridlalwear, Gorleston with a slection of knitted dolls that are on display to raise funds for the Louise Hamilton Centre.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Catrian Spanton from Catrina's Bridlalwear, Gorleston with a slection of knitted dolls that are on display to raise funds for the Louise Hamilton Centre. Picture: Nick Butcher

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The shop window of a bridal wear shop has been transformed into a blissful scene, with a lovingly prepared craft display.

A selection of Knitted dolls are on display at Catrina's Bridlalwear, Gorleston to raise funds for the Louise Hamilton Centre.
Picture: Nick Butcher A selection of Knitted dolls are on display at Catrina's Bridlalwear, Gorleston to raise funds for the Louise Hamilton Centre. Picture: Nick Butcher

Passers-by have regularly been admiring the handmade wedding scene in the window of Catrina’s Bridalwear on Gorleston High Street, which has been put together to raise funds for the Louise Hamilton Trust.

The display shows a joyous wedding party with brides, grooms and guests gathering to celebrate their happy occasions.

Catrian Spanton from Catrina's Bridlalwear, Gorleston with a slection of knitted dolls that are on display to raise funds for the Louise Hamilton Centre.
Picture: Nick Butcher Catrian Spanton from Catrina's Bridlalwear, Gorleston with a slection of knitted dolls that are on display to raise funds for the Louise Hamilton Centre. Picture: Nick Butcher

The knitted figures were lovingly prepared by Ann Galey, aunt of shop owner Catrina Spanton’s husband, as part of a campaign to raise money for the cancer support centre at the James Paget University Hospital.

Mrs Galey, 79, said: “I used to hate knitting when I was younger but have been doing it for the last few years and now I love it.

Ann Gayley and Jacqueline Crawford with Catrina Spanton from Catrina's Bridlalwear, Gorleston with knitted dolls that are on display to raise funds for the Louise Hamilton Centre.
Picture: Nick Butcher Ann Gayley and Jacqueline Crawford with Catrina Spanton from Catrina's Bridlalwear, Gorleston with knitted dolls that are on display to raise funds for the Louise Hamilton Centre. Picture: Nick Butcher

“The whole display took around two or three months and I love doing the figures. My friend Jackie and Barbara also helped making the clothes.”

Mrs Spanton said: “The feedback we’ve had from customers and passers-by has been really lovely.

A selection of Knitted dolls are on display at Catrina's Bridlalwear, Gorleston to raise funds for the Louise Hamilton Centre.
Picture: Nick Butcher A selection of Knitted dolls are on display at Catrina's Bridlalwear, Gorleston to raise funds for the Louise Hamilton Centre. Picture: Nick Butcher

“One person even came in specifically after it caught their eye and donated £10, which was brilliant.

“I think it is fantastic.”

A selection of Knitted dolls are on display at Catrina's Bridlalwear, Gorleston to raise funds for the Louise Hamilton Centre.
Picture: Nick Butcher A selection of Knitted dolls are on display at Catrina's Bridlalwear, Gorleston to raise funds for the Louise Hamilton Centre. Picture: Nick Butcher

The project is the latest in a long yarn of knitted projects for the centre, which has a shop on Theatre Plain in Great Yarmouth.

Inside there is a host of stunning knitted and crocheted displays, including an intricate garden feature, which took around 15 volunteers two years to make.

The garden feature dozens of animals, plants and a pond - which was made by volunteer Margaret Seaman in the memory of her late husband Fred.

Roberta Lovick, chairman of the Louise Hamilton Trust, said: “It is amazing so many people knit and crochet things for us and I would like to thank every single one of them.

“Not only are they getting their work displayed but they are helping us help people in need.”

Since the knitting group began in July 2016, it has raised around £60,000 for the Louise Hamilton Trust.

The knitwear shop opens from 10am until 4pm, Monday to Saturdays.

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