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More on cherry laurel

From Jane Falconer:
As a supplement to the This Month, January 2011 account of uses of cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus), the following extract from Hartland (north Devon) Times 156: 39, March 2007, describing coronation decorations on 12 May 1937, might be of interest:
Mr Stucley gave abundance of laurels. Mr P. Beer, for the Harton Town Trust, fetched three lorry loads and well dressed electric and telegraph poles, etc. Laurels were extensively used in very varied and artistic schemes. The letters of a motto on the house of that name were appropriately formed of laurel leaves. Everybody seemed to be ‘doing their bit’.

Addendum:  The Guardian of 13 April 2019 reported that 86-year-old Cedric Robinson has been asked to retire from being the Queen’s Guide who leads walkers across the quicksands of Morecambe Bay, Lancashire, a post which he has held for 56 years.  His successor, 46-year-old Michael Wilson, ‘says he will stick with Robinson’s method of marking the route with laurel bushes the day before each walk, “even though” – don’t tell Cedric – “you don’t really need them if you’ve got GPS”‘.

Updated 14 April 2019.

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