Norfolk daughter’s tribute to dad’s love of ties

Alirae Bunkle with the quilt she has made in memory of her father from his ties. Picture: Peter Bird

Alirae Bunkle with the quilt she has made in memory of her father from his ties. Picture: Peter Bird - Credit: Archant

A much loved husband and father is being remembered by his daughter in an unusual way.

David Bunkle pictured before his death in 2010. Picture: Alirae Bunkle.

David Bunkle pictured before his death in 2010. Picture: Alirae Bunkle. - Credit: Archant

Alirae Bunkle, from Syderstone, has created a lasting visual memory of her late dad David by incorporating into a quilt what family and friends mostly remember about him – the many ties he proudly wore during his lifetime.

Mr Bunkle lived in Burnham Overy Staithe until his death at the age of 75 in 2010. He was well-known around the village for always being smartly dressed.

'He had a magnificent collection of neckties and the things he supported in his lifetime are reflected in his collection of ties,' said Miss Bunkle, 50.

Over the years, Mr Bunkle belonged to several local organisations as well as being an RAF policeman when young, then a painter and decorator and later a member of the Royal British Legion.


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For each organisation he belonged to he bought the ties which bore their insignia.

He also owned four black ties for the many funerals he attended in his capacity as churchwarden of the village's St Clement's church.

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It was a friend, who was visiting from the USA, who was a keen quilter, who gave Miss Bunkle, who is Ranger Guider of the 1st Creake Rangers, the idea. She suggested it as a project for the Rangers.

Miss Bunkle devised a central sunflower using 32 ties, around half of her late father's collection.

They include the tie he wore on a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire before he died.

'He was a nature-lover and where I had to add bits of fabric I used materials that had anything to do with nature and farming,' she said.

'This wasn't a project about sewing skills, but about love and remembrance. He would be very pleased with this project.'

Are you remembering a loved one in an unusual way? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk.

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