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Cardigan goes on a road trip Cardigan Castle dresser restored

Richard Parry-Evans: With Coleg Ceredigion Principal Jackie Weatherburn, Coleg Head of Corporate Services Non Davies, Castle Facilities Officer Sue Lewis and Cadwgan Trustee and Town Mayor Cllr Clive Davies

A 250-YEAR-OLD dresser that

has stood in Cardigan Castle for centuries has been given a new lease on life, thanks to Coleg Ceredigion lecturer Richard Parry-Evans. Richard, who lectures in furniture

(Pictured) Artist Lisa Hellier: Setting off from Cardigan (Below) Cardigan Seaquilt: Usually on display in Cardigan Castle

restoration, spent weeks of painstaking work on the traditional pine dresser which has stood in the kitchen of Castle Green House since 1760. The dresser was there so long that

it has left a groove on the flagstone floor. It was removed when the house came into public ownership at the turn of the century, retrieved from sale


to go on a road trip this week as community artist Lisa Hellier sets off to showcase the town to the rest of the UK.

Equipped with a

giant knitted depiction of Cardigan, named the Aberteifi Cardigan, and a Seaquilt usually on display in Cardigan Castle, Lisa will be travelling to the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show in Exeter.

The three day event will

showcase the very best of textile works from around the UK, with Lisa having been specially invited. Created with Heritage Lottery

funding, the Aberteifi Cardigan marks the 900 year anniversary of the town back in 2010. The Seaquilt was stitched by a group of volunteers at the castle sewing session last year. Speaking of her work, Lisa said:

“I love Cardigan and am happy to be taking it out and about with me in its knitted form! “Hopefully people will find out

more about the town, where it is and come and visit.”

at a local auction house and finally returned to its rightful home this summer. “It was in a very sorry state,”

said Richard. “You could see where candles had been left under the shelves creating burn marks and drips of wax on the drawers. It really has had a hard life.” Castle Facilities Officer Sue Lewis

said: “We are all delighted with the excellent restoration work that Richard has carried out. It is wonderful to have this lovely piece of furniture back where it belongs in Castle Green.”

The castle dresser: Before being painstakingly restored

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