Artwork celebrates Norfolk’s links with the Royal Family

Artist Andrew Ruffhead and his painted map of North Norfolk, highlighting some of the county's roya

Artist Andrew Ruffhead and his painted map of North Norfolk, highlighting some of the county's royal connections. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Norfolk's links to the royal family go back centuries and are a great source of pride to many.

Now an artist based in Burnham Market has found an special way to celebrate the latest chapter in the county's relationship with the royals.

To mark Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and a new little prince or princess moving to Anmer Hall, on the Sandirngham Estate, Andrew Ruffhead has designed a colourful map highlighting north and west Norfolk's links to the royal family.

Mr Ruffhead, 61, who is passionate about using his artistic skill to promote Norfolk's tourism industry, plans to send the first copy to Prince William and Kate.

The map features Anmer Hall, Sandringham House, Sandringham church and other places members of the Royal Family have been known to visit, including The Dabbling Duck, Great Massingham, The King's Head at Bircham and Wiveton Hall Cafe.

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Mr Ruffhead said: 'I did a map four of five years ago highlighting some of the great things people can do in north and west Norfolk.

'With William and Kate moving here, I thought it would be a good time to update it.

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'Hopefully it will encourage William and Kate to visit some of the other places on there like the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary.'

Mr Ruffhead has run Fish and Ships Coastal Art and Ulph Place, Burnham Market for five years, previously worked as the head of textile design at the University of East London for 20 years.

He has never met any members of the royal family but he attended the Thursford Christmas Spectacular in 2010 where William and Kate made their first public appearance as an engaged couple.

Mr Ruffhead said: 'Being there really sparked my interest in the royals.

'William and Kate moving to Norfolk raises the profile of the county and helps the tourism industry, which is so important to so many people here.

'But I like the idea of families using this map to help them enjoy themselves in this beautiful part of the country, whether they are royal or not.'

The map, which is 60cms wide and 35cms high, will be available to buy from from October 20.

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