Norwich illustrator looking to clean up with royal wedding tea towel

A former Norwich University College of the Arts pupil has been commissioned to design a special tea towel for the royal wedding on April 29.

Illustrator Gemma Correll was asked to produce the design for quirky tea towel retailer To Dry For.

The 26-year-old, from Hanover Road in the Golden Triangle area of Norwich, came up with a cute design featuring a corgi – not surprising since her naive and child-like drawings often feature pugs and cats.

The tea towels are available in independent shops, as well as in London department stores Selfridges and Liberty.

She said: 'We discussed it a little beforehand and we decided that a corgi was a good symbol of the royal family, so it went from there.

'I tried to make it a bit more fun than the usual stuff you get about the royals. Sales have been really good and I've been quite shocked at how excited people are about them.'

Norfolk has also been contributing to the plethora of mugs and plates being snapped up ahead of Prince William and Kate Middleton's marriage.

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Nick Guyton, of Norfolk China, said the royal wedding had been a welcome boost for business.

His Horsford-based company is producing a clock, eight-inch plate, bone china mug, ceramic mug, set of two drinks coasters, fridge magnet and tea towel.

He has also been inundated with schools, parish councils and organisations wanting their own royal wedding souvenirs.

Mr Guyton said: 'It's been really good. The day it was announced we had the design done, we had it on Ebay within 24 hours.

'I do like royal weddings and it's given our business a real boost because it's pretty tough out there in the trade at the moment. All the souvenir shops we deal with in Norfolk are taking the items, and they are going to shops all over the UK.

'The Queen's 60th jubilee is next year so we will be offering the same thing.

'The official design for that was released last week – it was designed by a child – and we will be selling that next year.'

Do you have a story about a local link to the royal wedding? Call Annabelle Dickson on 01603 772426