THIS WEEK IN 1998: Stitch in time wins the royal thumbs up

One of Hilary Hetherington's fabric ornaments hung proudly on the Queen's Christmas tree.

Tuesday, 26th December 2017, 6:00 am

Mrs Hetherington, from Gosport, had been battling with multiple sclerosis for 16 years and found the best therapy for her painful condition in the art of cross-stitching.

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She said: ‘I love what I do, and as I multiple sclerosis I find sewing helpful because it helps me relax.

Also at a reception at the Victoria and Albert Museum were some of the 460 men and women who successfully submitted decorations for the royal tree in a competition launched by a needlework magazine.

The tree was inspected by the royal family in the palace, and they were reported to be highly impressed by the standard of work on display.