Hold the front page – this Sheffield florist needs it for her blooming marvellous wedding dress creation.
Gillian Earnshaw, of The Flower Garden Florist on Abbeydale Road, has carefully crafted a bridal gown using old copies of The Star.
The former Star papergirl, now aged 48, took dozens of former editions and worked her magic around a mannequin, with radiant results.
Gillian, of Woodseats, said: “Basically I had too many Star newspapers and wanted to recycle them.
“I read it every day and it’s the only newspaper I read. When I was at school and needed a little job I got a paper round and delivered The Star.
“I have had The Star every day from being a young child up to the present day.”
One day, Gillian’s pile of papers got rather out of control and something needed to be done.
She said: “I had a collection of them and thought ‘what can I do’.
“We had just done a Valentine’s window and I wanted a break between Valentine’s and Mothers’ Day, so I’ve gone for a wedding theme.”
Gillian opened her new shop in December, having previously run another florist shop in the city.
She said: “I have lived in Sheffield all my life. I have been a florist since I was 16, so I have 32 years of experience. I’m qualified to the highest level in floristry and have all the certificates.”
Gillian is now taking orders for Mother’s Day flowers in preparation for Mothering Sunday on March 15.
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