Norwich man’s frontline role in Buckingham Palace spectacular
- Credit: Archant Norfolk
When the four-day Coronation Festival begins in the grounds of Buckingham Palace next month, one Norfolk man will be looking on with special interest.
Because not only does Nick Farrow lie behind the overall visual theme of the festival, as chairman of Norwich design agency Farrows, he is also a member of the steering committee and responsible for nine displays as well as having a hand in the event's showpiece.
More than 50,000 people are expected to visit the festival, which is hosted by the Royal Warrant Holders Association to mark 60 years since the Queen's coronation with a celebration of the best of British business in the time.
'It's a one-off event, and it will never be repeated. For us as a company to be involved is just brilliant, and it is a kudos project too,' said Mr Farrow, chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), whose members will make over the Buckingham Palace summerhouse as the festival's central attraction.
Farrows, based in Thorpe Road, tried encapsulate the variety of Royal Warrant Holders – companies supplying the royal household – in its theme.
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'It is based on the Union flag, with each of four sections having their own colour. The stripes and markings of the flag are formed by images of items which will be on display at the festival. We built those in to give it a British feel,' said Mr Farrow.
QEST provides grants for promising craftsmen and women, and its scholars will redecorate the summerhouse, including a trompe l'oeil makeover featuring clouds and birds against a setting sky.
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'The summerhouse is the only part of the palace infrastructure which will be used for the festival and it is expected to be one of the most visited of the 179 stands at the extravaganza. It will be a great way to show off the craftsmanship of the QEST scholars,' said Mr Farrow.
He added: 'It has been such fun to be involved in a fabulous once-in-a-lifetime event which represents the pinnacle of British craftsmanship and innovation. Every member of the Farrows team has been delighted to be part of it.'