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Knowle grandmother turns home into Jubilee attraction

A former window dresser has used her talents to transform her home into a stunning Jubilee tribute

A former window dresser has used her talents to transform her home into a stunning Jubilee tribute.

Queues have been forming outside Joan Manuello’s front room window at Bentley Heath Cottages in Knowle as people wait to get a glimpse of her fabled display.

“I’m surprised it’s turned into such a local attraction,” said the 88-year-old grandmother of three.

“But I think it’s lovely there’s been so much support for it. We’re all digging things out for it and people are giving me more all the time.”

The display is a salute to everything British, featuring the Union Jack, a statue of the Queen plus tiara, a British Bulldog, Laurel and Hardy, commemorative mugs and more, all arranged around glittering jewellery and flowers.

Mrs Manuello, who is a member of Knowle and Solihull flower clubs, realised she had a knack for creating an eye- catching display when she worked as a window dresser for a private pharmacists.

“It’s something I’ve always enjoyed. I’m just pleased everyone else seems to like it too,” she added.

“I’ve had queues of people waiting to see it and people coming to photograph it.

“I suppose it’s rather unique, I certainly haven’t seen another like it.”

Mrs Manuello celebrated the Queen’s original coronation with a party, held in her neighbour’s verandah, and is planning to attend a similar event, sixty years on for the Jubilee.

“They have organised a roast dinner for all the residents of the Bentley Heath Cottages.

“It’ll be a bit like our own street party.

“Everyone seems to be going all out for the Jubilee this time round.”



Cathrina Hulse
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