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
GrandFest takes place on Sunday June 5
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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