THE CLOSE connection between internationally renowned textile designer Tibor Reich and Stratford has been rekindled.
Hungarian-born Reich was one of Britain’s pioneering post-war textile designers and set up his design business at Clifford Mill in Clifford Chambers in 1946.
It was from there he worked on projects including Concorde, the Royal Yacht Britannia, the QE2, and closer to home Coventry Cathedral and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
And now a new gold curtain has been placed in the historic Becket chapel at Holy Trinity Church. The golden fabric was commissioned for the chapel by The Friends of Shakespeare’s Church and comes from the Tibor archive of 20th century design stored in Stratford and in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Tibor’s grandson, Sam Reich, recently re-launched the famous brand and is now working with the Friends and the Parochial Church Council to utilize the same Canterbury design, previously used for the high altar, to replace the curtains in the three main entrances to the church.
The new curtain marks the first step towards the restoration and enhancement of the chapel dedicated to martyred Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, who was assassinated in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170.
Friends’ Chairman Prof Ronnie Mulryne said: “The Becket chapel is one of the most historic parts of the church and the new fabric has restored a little of its former glory.”
Sam said: “I am delighted to have completed the first order and particularly pleased to have re-established the connection to Holy Trinity Church.”