Tapestry provides link with the past

AS golden jubilee celebrations sweep across the country this June bank holiday, one Ipswich family will have a unique item to form their centrepiece of their festivities.

AS golden jubilee celebrations sweep across the country this June bank holiday, one Ipswich family will have a unique item to form their centrepiece of their festivities.

It is a 50-year-old embroidery that was made to commemorate the Queen's coronation way back in 1953 by Ipswich man Stephen Pennock.

Mr Pennock passed died 1973, but his legacy lives on and has always occupied pride of place in the Pennock family home.

Daughter Pauline Pennock, of Queen's Way, Ipswich, said: "We have always had it hanging on the wall and we are very proud of it."

"For the Silver Jubilee we had a party in the garden and we had it out then. This time we will put it in the front window."

Mr Pennock first developed his interest in embroidery when he was serving in World War Two as a gun-fitter.

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It turned out that he had plenty of time to practise his embroidery skills during his time away after he was reported as being lost in action.

Pauline explained: "Dad was injured during the war and taken to hospital in Cairo and he used to do some embroidery while he was in hospital.

"My mum actually received a telegram saying that he was lost in service and it was quite a while before he was found. They eventually tracked him down and brought him back home."

On his return, Mr Pennock continued his interest in embroidery and it was his wife, Ethel, who gave him the idea of doing an embroidery to celebrate the Queen's coronation.

Pauline said: "My mum found this pattern in a book and he said he would like to do it so they sent off for it."

Nearly 50 years after it was completed, the embroidery looks set to play a part in this year's golden jubilee celebrations.