A FORMER mayor of Knutsford who was diagnosed with dementia 10 years ago has been the inspiration behind a special art exhibition.

Jenny Holbrook, 90, has been living at a care home in Wrexham following her rapid decline in lockdown.

Her sister, fine art painter Angela Scott, is now hosting a studio exhibition at her home in aid of Alzheimer’s Research.

Jenny is a former England reserves lacrosse player, Cheshire county tennis player and four times mayor of Knutsford.

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Sister Angela, 78, who lives in Shropshire, will be joined by ceramist Caroline Pearce for the fundraising event.

"When you see your lovely and intelligent sister, who has done so much in her life and for the community, start to decline it’s so tragic," Angela said.

"It has been very quiet for artists during Covid as we’ve not been able to exhibit so I thought to myself why not host an exhibition to help someone?"

Angela will also be making a donation to Pendine Park’s Hillbury Care Home where Jenny is a resident to cover the cost of a concert.

Jenny, who never married, wrote a book on the Art of Movement and Dance based on the Laban movement and taught all her life.

“Some years ago she made a huge embroidery of all the houses in Knutsford – it’s absolutely massive and amazing,” said Angela.

“She enlisted the help of so many people and put the tapestry together.

"It’s now in the Knutsford Heritage Centre. She has done so much with her life.

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“It was after the lockdown last winter I realised she could no longer live alone.

"I had already put care in place and meals were being delivered but she was going downhill and Covid didn’t help as she didn’t have any understanding of it.

“If it had not been for her wonderful neighbour, she would’ve probably moved to Hillbury sooner.

“Now, she is happy in herself and that gives me great peace of mind."

A private view will take place on Friday, November 12, before the exhibition opens to the public on Saturday and Sunday, November 13 and 14, between 10am and 5pm.