Giant polar bear and snow queen descend on Great Barr as part of special Christmas display

The Snow Queen of Narnia and a giant polar bear have decided to make a florist shop in Great Barr their temporary home this festive season – as part of an amazing winter display.

These stunning images showcase how the Central England Co-op Florist, in Walsall Road, has seen its window transformed into an ice and winter themed extravaganza – including a snow queen, her sled and a giant polar bear and his family.

The display has already been a major hit with customers – especially local youngster 10-year-old Abi Bickley who is featured in one of the pictures. Abi lives with Down’s Syndrome and her father Paul said after visiting the florist that she had been ‘enthralled’ by the display and that her face ‘lit up’ after seeing it. The team from Great Barr Florist invited Abi and her father to their special Christmas event this past weekend as guests of honour after noticing how much she enjoyed the display.

Sue Carty, from Great Barr Florist, said: “We hold a Christmas extravaganza event every year and love to go all out to bring a little Christmas spirit to the area with our window displays.

“The theme this year is the Snow Queen from Narnia and the display includes a winter setting and even a giant polar bear with his little polar bear children.

“All of our team have loved putting the window together and have enjoyed all the great feedback from people stopping to have a look to posting pictures on social media posing with the window in the background.

“Please come along to the shop to take a look at the great display in the run up to Christmas and see the great skills of our floral team in action.”


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Images showcasing the winter display at the Central England Co-op Florist, in Great Barr.


Abi Bickley, 10, takes a closer look at the polar bear featured in the window display at the Central England Co-op Florist, in Great Barr.


About Central England Co-operative


Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 


It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, travel shops, and property investment.


Central England Co-operative has over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2019.


Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.


Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to member activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing or visiting


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Rob Smyth and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390


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