Chance to find out more about amazing Millennium Tapestry

May 26 2022
Chance to find out more about amazing Millennium Tapestry

WHAT amazing artwork admired by the Queen is now tucked away in Wells Town Hall?

This hidden treasure is the beautiful Millennium Tapestry whose intricate needlework impressed Her Majesty but is in a room with no sign saying what is inside. People scurry past but very few know what is there.

Creating the tapestry took 70 women five years to complete and was the brainchild of Pat Ardron, an Adult Education tutor in embroidery at the city’s Portway Annexe.

As part of her Golden Jubilee celebrations 20 years ago the Queen came to see the famous tapestry in Wells Town Hall with the Duke of Edinburgh.

Pat was introduced to the Queen and showed her the artwork which comprise many small embroideries and larger ones portraying aspects of Wells and the surrounding area.

Pat with the Queen and Wells Mayor David Anderson at the Millennium Tapestry Exhibition in 2002

Pat with the Queen and Wells Mayor David Anderson at the Millennium Tapestry Exhibition in 2002

These magnificent pieces of work were highly praised by the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court where the tapestries were sent to be mounted and stretched.

“I shall be available to talk about the tapestry and answer any questions on Wednesday, June 1, in Wells Town Hall,” said Pat, “so please come along. Everyone will be most welcome.

“Any of the ladies who took part in this project are cordially invited to come along on the day for a reunion and meet old friends. It would be lovely to see you or if you would rather telephone the number is 01761 232466.”

Pat wanted to give the Queen an embroidered picture as a present on that memorable day in May 2002 but was told by “town officials” that she couldn’t because it not in the “Programme of Events” for the day.

But Pat gave it anyway and the Queen accepted her gift with thanks, saying “How beautiful.”

Pat Ardron as she is today with her treasured book of memories about the day she met the Queen

Pat Ardron as she is today with her treasured book of memories about the day she met the Queen