Teapots and cosies for Autumn Fair 2016
April 5, 2016 2047 Views

Teapots and cosies for Autumn Fair 2016

BY ALEXANDRA FOSTER

Teapots and teapot cosies – and lots of them. This was the theme of the annual All Saints Cathedral Tea Party that is run each year as a part of the Autumn Fair.

Dean Anne of the All Saints Cathedral Parish holding a teapot dating back to World War One. Photo: Ebony Stansfield

Dean Anne of the All Saints Cathedral Parish holding a teapot dating back to World War One. Photo: Ebony Stansfield

The Autumn Fair was held on Saturday in Church Street on the All Saints Cathedral grounds. 

Member of the All Saints Cathedral Parish and coordinator of the Tea Party Elizabeth Magee is one of the many people responsible for the organisation of the display.

“All these teapots came from the women in our parish. They had them in their homes and generously brought them down,” Mrs Magee said.

“Yesterday we spent the full day setting them all up and making them look rather gorgeous.”

With just a gold coin donation anyone could come and see the hundreds of teapots and cosies that were on show, each of them with their own rich history and the oldest dating back to the 1800s.

A different theme for the display is chosen each year, previous years have included dolls and teddies and wedding gowns.

The amount of effort and care that is put into creating the displays is evident through the impeccable presentation as well as the passion with which Elizabeth speaks about the items.

“We had wedding gowns that were 100 years old. We had 65 of them all set up and they were breath taking.”

The day was a  success, with teapot and cosy admirers staying for the Tea Party. For Elizabeth this is the most rewarding aspect.

“My favourite part is watching everyone work together as a happy team and watching people enjoy it.”

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