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Dung cart to star in Filby in Bloom

Toby Travis who named the timbrel for Filby in Bloom    Picture: Derek Nicker

Toby Travis who named the timbrel for Filby in Bloom Picture: Derek Nicker

Derek Nicker

An old farm tumbrel, donated by Fleggburgh farmer Peter Flowerdew will form the centrepiece of the Filby’s roadside floral displays, for this year’s Anglia in Bloom Competition.

A tumbrel was a two-wheeled cart for carrying dung, especially one that tilts backwards to deposit its load. A cart of this type was used to take condemned prisoners to the guillotine during the French Revolution. The cart has been lovingly restored by Filby’s In Bloomers and its horse was created by local artist, Jim Roberts.

Pupils of Filby Primary School participated in a competition to name the horse. The winning name, selected by nominations on Filby in Bloom’s Facebook page, was Sir Trott-a-lot, suggested by Toby Travis aged eight. On Monday, May 21, Toby, pictured with members of his family and Filby in Bloom chairman Adrian Thompson, helped complete the display which has been planted with an eye-catching mix of red and white, large leaf Begonias.

The display is Filby’s entry for one of Anglia in Bloom’s Special Awards as best community project.

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