RUBERY traders have been showing off their patriotic sides ahead of St George’s Day yesterday (Thursday).
This year 14 shops participated in English-themed window dressing competition, organised by Rubery’s St George’s Society.
The winner was the Animal Farm and Bird Sanctuary charity shop which incorporated a castle, red roses, dragons and even a St George mannequin, complete with sword and George Cross shield.
In second place was Poplar Carpets. The shop displays two sheep in its window all year round in different guises – depending on what is happening at that time.
For this week, one has been dressed as St George and the other as a dragon.
In joint third, there was new tea room Polly Put the Kettle On and Scissor Stitch.
The owner of Polly Put the Kettle On created a cake especially for the occasion and also incorporated a dragon and lovable children’s character Mike the Knight into the display.
Scissor Stitch had a beautifully crafted George and Dragon tapestry and England and St George-themed quotes sewn into a banner.
Special Times and Behan Bros were highly recommended.
Pictures displayed in the windows were created by youngsters from Beaconside Primary School and the week of celebrations continued with a St George’s Day afternoon tea at the Beacon Church Centre and with a dinner and cabaret at Kings Norton Golf Club.
The George and Dragon sheep in Poplar Carpets.
The cake is Polly Put the Kettle On.
Two of the dragons in the Animal Farm and Bird Sanctuary charity shop.
The tapestry in Scissor Stitch. s