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Mottingham pensioner shows off her skills to Duchess of Cornwall ahead of GrandFest

PUBLISHED: 15:56 02 June 2016 | UPDATED: 15:56 02 June 2016

The Duchess of Cornwall today, April 27th 2016,  met basket maker GrandMaker Betty Grace. Picture by Michael Crabtree   
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The Duchess of Cornwall today, April 27th 2016, met basket maker GrandMaker Betty Grace. Picture by Michael Crabtree Phone 07976 251 824 email crabtreemi@hotmail.com

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GrandFest takes place on Sunday June 5

Betty Grace will be sharing her basket weaving skill at GrandFest 2016 Picture by Michael Crabtree   
Phone 07976 251 824
 email crabtreemi@hotmail.comBetty Grace will be sharing her basket weaving skill at GrandFest 2016 Picture by Michael Crabtree Phone 07976 251 824 email crabtreemi@hotmail.com

A 72-year-old woman met royalty last week as she showed off the creative skills she has honed for the past 30 years.

The Duchess of Cornwall met volunteers ahead of a festival at Spitalfields Market on Sunday.

Betty Grace, from Mottingham, took up basket weaving after her natural talent was spotted at an adult education school in the 1980s.

She soon enrolled at the London College of Furniture and took a course in basket weaving.

Since then she has gone on to teach others and work for antique dealers doing repairs on antique furniture.

This weekend, the Basketmakers Association member will be teaching young generations the art of basket making at GrandFest 2016.

Mrs Grace said: “Basket making is a classic craft with a contemporary flair.

“You can be as creative as you like with basketry once you have mastered the basic principles.

“Basket making is very satisfying and therapeutic, so come along to my master class where I will teach all the basics of how to make a basket.”

The festival was launched by the Royal Voluntary Service to celebrate the skills older people possess and highlight their importance in later life.

It is free to enter from 11am to 5pm, though there is a £5 suggested donation.

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