Visitors to St Michael and All Angels Church in William Street, Helensburgh this week can view a spectacular sculpture of an angel – made out of teabags.

From Monday, December 3 to Saturday, December 8 between 11am and 4pm, and then from 12 noon to 4pm on Sunday, December 9, there will be an exhibition of around 30 cribs in the church as part of the Mother’s Union Cribfest, and there will also be the chance to view the Teabag Angel.

The angel is a large unique sculpture, with a distinctive fabric made out of more than 3,000 used tea bags.

Each bag was dried, emptied and ironed before being used for the construction.

The teabags were collected from various places including St Saviour’s Church in Bridge of Allan, the University of Stirling Chaplaincy and Cornton Vale Prison.

Richard Horrell, the Mother’s Union branch leader in Helensburgh, said: “Originally it was to raise funds for Syrian people but since then it has been on a tour to Dunblane Cathedral, St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow and Gloucester Cathedral.

“It’s more than nine feet tall and makes quite an impression – it’s well worth seeing!”