Asidelines: Weavers are put to prison work

EMBROIDERY AT MANOR LODGE  Peter Machan with some of the embroidery inspired by Mary Queen of Scots at Manor Lodge.
EMBROIDERY AT MANOR LODGE Peter Machan with some of the embroidery inspired by Mary Queen of Scots at Manor Lodge.
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IT was some 440 years ago Mary Queen Of Scots sat, a prisoner, in this very Sheffield room creating a remarkable collection of embroidered tapestries.

Those works, produced in the Manor Lodge Tudor Turret House, are now on display at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk.

But, to celebrate her artistry while in captivity, the Manor Weavers have produced a range of needlework panels.

Unlike their predecessor, site manager Peter Machan, pictured above, stressed they weren’t locked up while doing it.

The group’s work will now adorn the walls of the Turret House until autumn.

Exhibition opening and expert talk tonight 7pm at Manor Lodge. Tickets £4. To book 0114 276 2828.

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NEXT time you’re browsing a book shop looking for a gay thriller based in Derbyshire you could do worse than think of Narvel Annable.

The former Worksop Valley Comp teacher releases the third book in his ‘pink whodunit’ trilogy this month.

Depicting a thriving gay scene in Matlock’s caves and a homosexual Mafia, Secret Summer follows on from previous efforts Lost Lad and Scruffy Chicken.

Available March 31 at www.narvelannable.co.uk