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Did you know that Formby has its own Tapestry?

Did you know that Formby has its own Tapestry? Well, it may not be as grand as the Bayeux Tapestry and to the purists it is more an Embroidery, but it hangs in the Meeting Room of the refurbished Formby Library and is open to viewing by the public.

The Formby Tapestry is a pictorial history that tells the story of Formby from the times of the Vikings onwards and was created by Civic Society stalwart Lilian Rushton between 1975 and 1982.

Many of the scenes are now much changed or long gone. Some of her 'scenes' in the Tapestry are based on Mrs Sibley's sketches and watercolours.

It was unfinished when Miss Rushton died in 1982, having completed 67 panels. Other members of the Society added another 8 panels but unfortunately they did not have the remarkable skills of Lillian Rushton. The complete photographic record was compiled by Ian Hall in 1989.

If you have time, you could join John Phillips, Chairman of Formby Civic Society, who will be explaining about the history of each scene on the tapestry. It will be a fascinating insight into Formby’s past and a time to enjoy this amazing work of art.

The presentation is on Wednesday 9th November 2pm at Formby Library.

To book a place, please Tel. 01704 874177 or

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