Flowers serve a range of purposes. They can be handed over as a romantic gesture or as a gift to friends and family members. Also, such items are often used to decorate homes. However, they are not generally utilised to recreate trains.
Making an exception to this, a group of florists recently completed a model of famous steam train the Flying Scotsman as part of a competition at the National Railway Museum in Yorkshire.According to reports in York newspaper the Press, the contest will see entrants battle for the chance to win a ride on the real locomotive once her restoration is complete this summer. The florists submitted their impressive and imaginative creation last month.
Head of knowledge and collections at the museum Helen Ashby remarked: “This competition is about giving everyone, young and old, the chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime prize. We’re not necessarily looking for the most accurate model of Flying Scotsman – we’re looking for a really creative and unique model. “We don’t mind what it’s made of, be it clay, Lego, lollipop sticks or even flowers! Hopefully entries will come flying in.”
In order to be eligible for the prize, the models must be no more than 1.2 metres long, 0.6 metres wide and 0.4 metres high.The florists, along with all the other competitors, will find out who has been successful sometime after the closing date, which is April 28th.
One of the most famous locomotives in the world, the Flying Scotsman was built in Doncaster for the North Eastern Railway. In 2004, she was purchased for the nation using money donated by the public and, since that time, the National Railway Museum has been restoring her to full mainline running condition so she can once again pull trains around the UK.She received her name after the London to Edinburgh rail service she operated, which began each day at 10am.