A group of Alexandra grandmothers with a love of the Alexandra Blossom Festival are taking that to a new level. Grans Who Can is a group of friends who — after many long chats — decided to build a float for the 65th Blossom Festival.
    Friends Laurie Paterson and Vyvienne Weller both have lifelong affiliations with the festival — Mrs Paterson featured on floats as a child, and Mrs Weller’s father Stewart Henderson was one of the event’s founders.
    Calls were made, a little cajoling took place and Grans Who Can was formed.
    Mrs Paterson had a shed in which to build the float, another gran had a trailer for the base and the husbands assisted as needed.
    The women gathered regularly to work on their float, chat and share a cuppa or two, never knowing who would be free to attend each get-together.
    ‘‘It’s been really easy,’’ Mrs Paterson said. ‘‘Everyone’s gotten involved, so it’s been great.’’
    Mrs Weller agreed. ‘‘It’s been great fun, we’ve had a few afternoons like this where we’ve come to do some flowers and have a nice afternoon tea, and we’ve spent a few days in the shed paper mache-ing, which has been good as well.
    The Blossom Festival was in their blood, Laurie said.
    ‘‘I just love it because it’s the beginning of spring and it’s a nice family weekend that we have here.’’
    Grans Who Can and their float will join the Grand Parade down Centennial Ave on Saturday, September 24.