ORGANISERS behind the Malvern’s May Day Well Dressing have announced this year’s theme will be ‘peace’.
And, speaking about how the number of displays would make the 2014 spectacular bigger and better than ever, they called for more volunteers to come forward and be a part of this year’s event.
The creations will be on show for even longer so the event merges with the Malvern Floral Festival which sees traders across the town decorate their shop fronts.
Lionel Shorstone from the Malvern Spa Association, explained the reason behind this year’s theme had a lot to do with the fact many would be holding special remembrance services this year to mark 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.
“The theme of ‘peace’ for 2014 is in line with the MSA’s preference for broad titles, so, while those who wish to remember 1914 can do so, those whose feeling about war is ‘lets not go there again’ can look at peace from other perspectives.
“The early choice of the theme means plenty of time for thinking and research and usually enables people to come up with some wonderful artisitc creations.”
Well dressers will meet at the end of March to discuss ideas before the main event on May 2 when some 40 creations are expected to be on display.
Wells had been decorated in the town sporadically until the MSA started co-ordinating the annual tradition in 1993, aiming to preserve Malvern’s water heritage.
Now the group claims the event is the biggest of its kind in the country but has called on even more people to help.
Mr Shorstone said: “We already have dressers signed up for more than 20 sites but have vacancies for more hands as well as heads full of ideas.
“Some sites are waiting for volunteers while existing teams are glad of an extra pair of hands.
“Thanks to the MSA’s well dressers people no longer drive past the old stone horse-trough without noticing it, instead they say ‘D’you remember when it was a ship?’
“Set yourself a challenge to see at least half the sites this year.”
Residents can email Lionel at email@example.com to find out more about how they can get involved.