Friday, December 01, 2006

Woman recreates Bayeux tapestry in 20 year bid to beat hyperactivity

Tube worker Annette Banks has made history — after spending 20 years recreating the Bayeux Tapestry.

Her 51ft-long and 23in wide embroidery depicts the Norman invasion of England in 1066.

Annette Banks

Annette, 46, vowed to make a copy of the famous 11th century tapestry after her dad died in the 1980s.

She completed the epic work earlier this year and now hopes to put it on display in the UK — if she can find a museum big enough.

Annette, of East Finchley, North London, said: “I went to Normandy in France to see the original 230ft-long tapestry and displayed mine there. The real thing made me want to make mine longer, so I made up my own ending, adding 5ft.”

Annette, who suffers from Cushing’s Syndrome which stunts growth, spent up to 11 hours a day on the work, which commemorates the Battle of Hastings.

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