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Chance for Beatrix Potter fans to pay homage in south Shropshire

Fans of Beatrix Potter are in for a treat later this month when a Ludlow woman puts her collection of memorabilia on display.

SOUTH PIC MNA PIC  DAVID HAMILTON PIC SHROPSHIRE STAR 1/08/22 Getting ready for a Beatrix Potter celebration, organiser Margaret Edwards, of Ludlow, at St Giles Church, Ludford..
SOUTH PIC MNA PIC DAVID HAMILTON PIC SHROPSHIRE STAR 1/08/22 Getting ready for a Beatrix Potter celebration, organiser Margaret Edwards, of Ludlow, at St Giles Church, Ludford..

Margaret Edwards, of EJ Poyners general draper and children's outfitter in Broad Street, Ludlow, has been a collector of all things Potter for more than three decades.

She is also a big supporter of the picturesque St Giles Church, in Ludford, and decided to put the two together and put on a special fundraising exhibition.

Miss Edwards has organised other exhibitions in the town previously, including one of vintage wedding dresses which started out at Ludford and went "on tour" to St Laurence's in the town centre.

"I've loved Beatrix Potter stories from being a youngster and that's what gave me the idea for this latest exhibition," said Miss Edwards.

"I have quite a lot of items that I've got them all in a great showcase."

Margaret Edwards and cuddly friends

The exhibition, called 'Beatrix Potter - a floral celebration' will be held on August 19, 20, 21 and 22. The opening hours will be 10am-4pm except on the Sunday when the doors will be open from 1-4pm.

There will be tea and coffee for refreshment and a tombola and raffles to raise more cash for the upkeep of the church.

Helen Beatrix Potter was a writer, artist and illustrator who is best known for her children's books featuring animals, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit. She died on December 22, 1943.

In her thirties, she self-published the highly successful children's book The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Following this, she began writing and illustrating children's books full time. All told she wrote 30 books, 23 of them being children's stories.

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