Window decoration depicts village scene

Lynda Taylor with her window display at Crown Studio Gallery in Rothbury
Lynda Taylor with her window display at Crown Studio Gallery in Rothbury

As shops across the county are bedecked with festive displays of snow, twinkly lights and tinsel, one business in Coquetdale decided to take a more local look at Christmas.

The Crown Studio’s window on Bridge Street in Rothbury isn’t filled with the same decorations as you might see elsewhere.

That’s because owner Lynda Taylor has created a special centrepiece which depicts the village at Christmas time.

Representing a Rothbury Christmas, the stunning work of art has been made entirely from white paper and attached to a ceramic base made by Lynda’s husband Graham, who runs the studio with her.

Lynda has spent hours cutting out the paper to make trees, a replica of Cragside House, copies of houses from the village and those of businesses along Bridge Street and others on Townfoot.

There are also LED lights inside the structure to make it light up.

She said: “The idea has been in my head for a long time.

“I wanted to do something different and create a Rothbury Christmas.

“I worked on it on and off for most of November, but I had the plans developing in my head for over a year.

“I get a little bit tired of seeing representations of the North Pole and the like that don’t really mean anything locally and I wanted to create something that was different.

“We’ve had lots of good feedback about it.

“People have been stopping and taking pictures of it and even opening the door and telling us what they think about it.”

Lynda isn’t sure yet whether the work will come back next year, but added: “It is so big and heavy that I will have to think about where I can store it, but so much work has gone into it that I think it does need to have another outing.”