Carpet fit for a palace (Buckingham Palace)

Patriotic: the �10,000 carpet is the showpiece of the Halifax store
Patriotic: the �10,000 carpet is the showpiece of the Halifax store

A HALIFAX business is marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by laying a giant Union Flag carpet.

Craig Holdsworth, of the Classic Carpet Co, Miall Street, couldn’t resist the 56ft x 21ft showpiece which now takes pride of place in the store.

It was previously used by a supplier, Associated Weavers, for an exhibition trade stand.

“We needed a new carpet and with it being jubilee year I thought we’d put the Union Flag down and get in the swing of things,” said Mr Holdsworth.

“People tend to look at eye level but it has caught the eye and they have said it looks nice.”

Instead of the traditional red, white and blue, it is made in mulberry and grey which, along with brown, are currently in fashion.

Mr Holdsworth said the carpet’s design involved a lot of seam work and if it was made to order it would cost around £10,000.

He wasn’t expecting the jubilee to bring any particular benefits for his business but expected it to lift the nation’s mood.

“As we get nearer the jubilee, and it gets warmer, we might look at doing some kind of promotion,” he said.

The region launches the start of celebrations with a service at Halifax Minster on February 12 followed by fireworks.

Street parties will be held during the summer and a Royal visit is in the pipeline.

Brooksbank School, Elland, celebrates its centenary in September and is expecting confirmation shortly on visitors and dates.

That is likely to coincide with a jubilee celebration party in the school grounds.