Shop owner Chris Menzies knits royal wedding scene for her store Altered Images in Oakahm

Chris Menzies has knitted the royal wedding balcony scene and is displaying it in her haberdashery shop window

Chris Menzies has knitted the royal wedding balcony scene and is displaying it in her haberdashery shop window

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SHOP windows have always traditionally been used to entice customers, but one shopkeeper has taken window dressing to a whole new level this week.

Chris Menzies, who owns Altered Images in Mill Street, Oakham, and her friends Gill High and Dorothy Blackwell, both from Oakham, have knitted Prince William, Kate Middleton and the rest of the royals and put them on display.

The idea came about after Chris saw an advert for a royal wedding knitting pattern book in a newspaper and thought she would give it a go.

She said: “We’ve all done different bits. I’m more of a sewer than a knitter, but I’ve actually really enjoyed it and it has only taken us about three weeks to complete.”

The entire congregation will be raffled off in aid of Help for Heroes on May 6.

Chris and her husband Bill are both former service personnel, and want to give something back to the soldiers fighting in current conflicts.

So far the shop window has attracted the attention of lots of passers-by, and Chris has already sold plenty of raffle tickets.

She said: “Royal weddings don’t come around often, so we might as well enjoy it!

“As long as I’m doing something that puts a smile on people’s faces then I am happy, and this has certainly done that.”