An exhibition featuring a 64-metre long replica of the Bayeux Tapestry is opening in time for Christmas.
The Medieval Mosaic, which depicts William the Conqueror’s victory in the Battle of Hastings, is made of three million pieces of spring steel, weighs 350kg and holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s largest steel mosaic.
And now, as part of a tour of the UK, the artwork, which took Michael Linton and his daughter Rachael 33 years to complete, will be exhibited at Riduna Park, Melton for two months.
Clare Perkins, Mayor of Woodbridge, managed to secure the exhibition with the help of Choose Woodbridge.
She said: “The Bayeux Tapestry marks one the most significant events in British history and this is a remarkable work of art which we are extremely proud to host in Suffolk.”
The enormous masterpiece is being put in place with the help of soldiers from the 23 Parachute Regiment from Rock Barracks, Woodbridge.
James Lightfoot, chairman of Choose Woodbridge said: “It is very good of the regiment to help the community like this. Having the mosaic here is a huge coup and a wonderful and exciting way for people to explore this part of our fascinating history.
“It will provide yet another reason for visitors to come to Woodbridge over the coming months.”
The exhibition will be open Wednesdays to Sundays 10am until 4pm.
Entry will cost £5 per adults with children under 12 free.
The artist Michael Linton will be in attendance daily.
For more information visit: www.medievalmosaic.com