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Quilts 4 London at the House of Commons by Robin Simpson
November 25, 2011, 9:31 am
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Irene Heathcote and Mike Penning MP

Irene Heathcote and Mike Penning MP

On Wednesday Helen Thomas and I were at the House of Commons for the launch of the Quilts 4 London exhibition in the Upper Waiting Hall. A selection of the pennants that have been made by people all over the world as gifts for the athletes taking part in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are being displayed in this prominent position close to the House of Commons committee rooms in an exhibition sponsored by Mike Penning MP. We were joined by some of the people who have made the pennants as well as representatives of the Quilters’ Guild and the London 2012 Inspire Team at LOCOG. Quilts 4 London organiser Irene Heathcote told us that they have now received more than 10,000 pennants and are well on the way to their target of 14,700.

Quilts 4 London pennant created by Felicity Gladstone

Quilts 4 London pennant created by Felicity Gladstone

As well as the sheer scale of the project, I was struck by some of the individual stories behind the pennants. The House of Commons display includes a pennant created by Felicity Gladstone which depicts her uncle, Albert Gladstone, who won a rowing gold medal at the 1908 London Olympics and was the grandson of the Prime Minister, William Gladstone. If you haven’t yet made a pennant yourself there is still time to do so, see: http://www.quilts4london.org.uk.

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