Na­tiv­ity scenes will go on dis­play

Paisley Daily Express - - Ladies Get In The Swing For Charity -

More than 100 na­tiv­ity sets be­long­ing to the late Methodist preacher Au­drey Bland will go on dis­play at the Rain­bow Tur­tle shop on Gauze Street.

The sets were a life­long labour of love and fea­ture some quirky de­signs in­clud­ing na­tiv­ity scenes set in­side a pineap­ple, a pomegranate, an owl and even a tiny wal­nut.

The col­lec­tion has been amassed from Asia, Africa, North and South Amer­ica and many rep­re­sent tra­di­tions of coun­tries, show­ing how Christ­mas is cel­e­brated all over the world.

Au­drey’s daugh­ter, Liz Cot­ton, who runs the Rain­bow Tur­tle Fair Trade shop in Pais­ley, said: “Christ­mas was al­ways a spe­cial time of year for mum, when she opened her home to many peo­ple who were far from their own homes or with­out fam­ily and friends close by.“

She went on:“She was both a Methodist and a keen sup­porter of Fair Trade and so the bring­ing to­gether of this col­lec­tion by these or­gan­i­sa­tions is a true trib­ute to her and two of the causes close to her heart.”

The dis­play will be open to­mor­row from 10.30am to 2.30pm and en­trance costs £2.50, which in­cludes tea, cof­fee and cake.

Chil­dren can at­tend for free and there will be ac­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised

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