Brucie bonus! Woman who knitted model of Golden Mile receives card from Forsyth family
PUBLISHED: 17:29 27 March 2019 | UPDATED: 08:54 29 March 2019
Copyright: Archant 2019
After Margaret Seaman spent a year perfecting her knitted model of Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile, her masterpiece wowed hundreds of visitors at Norfolk Maker’s Festival last month.
However, there was one admirer’s good wishes which Mrs Seaman will cherish for the rest of her life – a card from Sir Bruce Forsyth’s family.
She had already been overwhelmed by the incredible reaction her model received, and the card from Sir Bruce’s daughter Laura, was a Brucie bonus.
Mrs Seaman, 89, from Caister, said she was only just coming back down to earth.
She said: “When I saw the card I couldn’t believe it.
“I absolutely love it and it is something I will always cherish.
“I was a big fan of Bruce Forsyth so to receive this is fantastic.”
The knitted model, which was on display for two weeks at the Forum in February, raised more than £4,000 for the Louise Hamilton Trust following numerous donations.
The model has also caught the eye of Great Yarmouth’s mayor Mary Coleman, who has invited the 89-year-old for tea at the town hall next month.
“Everything is only just sinking in and I am only just having time to reflect on it all,” said Mrs Seaman. “I am really proud of all the work I have done and it was definitely worth the effort I put it.”
Those who are yet to catch a glimpse of the model will have another chance to view it on April 17 at Market Gates.
Mrs Seaman’s daughter, Tricia Wilson, said she was really proud of her mum’s achievement.
“She has always loved knitting but this model really is something else,” Mrs Wilson said. “I couldn’t be more proud of her.”
Mrs Seaman said she worked on the model for 12 to 15 hours a day for one year in order to recreate the buzz which swept through the popular seaside town in the 1970s.
Her model, which is continuing to attract interest from all over the country, is set to take a tour of the UK – with appearances at festivals in London, Manchester and Glasgow.
The 89-year-old, who has been knitting for more than 70 years, said she has already received requests from people asking her to knit models of both the Waterways and the quayside in Great Yarmouth.