Long Sutton mosaic is created

Workshop at the Market House: artist Fiona Gurney holds up the design, Marilyn Morris places the pieces.

Workshop at the Market House: artist Fiona Gurney holds up the design, Marilyn Morris places the pieces.

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THE final Olympic torch mosaic to be made by people from the towns and villages the torch is passing through was put together at a workshop in Long Sutton last week.

Artist Fiona Gurney from Deeping St Nicholas worked with more than 75 people who dropped in while she was compiling the mosaic at the Market House.

Each one of the five mosaics is destined to be placed in public view in the centre of its community, at Spalding, Moulton, Whaplode, Holbeach and Long Sutton.

Fiona said: “There’s been a great response wherever we’ve been holding workshops and Long Sutton was the least well-attended at around 75 people, but we had dreadful weather while it was on and the people who came were very enthusiastic.

“Long Sutton’s mosaic features the shape of the town with special emphasis on the church and the spire’s distinctive shape and herringbone markings, with Olympic athletes, ribbons and the torch’s flame.”

There will be a grand unveiling of all five mosaics at Holbeach Parish Church at noon on Wednesday, the day the torch goes through.

Designed by Fiona together with Art Diploma students at Holbeach University Academy, the mosaics are genuinely made by all the people who have joined in at workshops for the last five weeks.