Crafts­man’s skills on show

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Commercial -

A BETHERS­DEN crafts­man has helped a pres­ti­gious Lon­don depart­ment store re­place its heraldic sign. Roy Clay­ton spent two months carv­ing out two new signs to re­place Lib­erty of Re­gent Street’s de­cay­ing orig­i­nal. The signs, made from fiveinch thick Euro­pean oak, are repli­cas of the orig­i­nal, and one has al­ready been hung above the store. Mr Clay­ton said: “The old sign failed be­cause the paint had bub­bled up af­ter wa­ter had in­gressed and cracked it.” Mr Clay­ton is ex­pe­ri­enced in heraldic work and has de­signed many of the stat­ues and signs at Dis­ney World, Florida. He was helped with the paint­ing work by Colin Roberts, of St Michael’s.

Roy Clay­ton and Colin Roberts with the new sign

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