A lasting legacy to the Great Tapestry of Scotland has been unveiled at Kirkcaldy Galleries.

Designed by artist Andrew Crummy and led by stitch co-ordinator Dorie Wilkie, who both worked on the Great Tapestry of Scotland, the piece was stitched by members of the public with the help of experienced embroiderers.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland, with its 160 panels illustrating the country’s history, toured Scotland and was on display in Kirkcaldy Galleries last summer.

Now Kirkcaldy has its own mini tapestry, paying tribute to the town’s history. There are references to its linen and linoleum industries, mining heritage and football team.

Fife Cultural Trust’s collections and exhibitions team leader Gavin Grant said: “This community art project is a testament to the hard work of many hundreds of volunteers who enjoyed playing their part.

“From experienced stitchers to those who had never picked up a sewing needle in their lives, the tapestry was created by people with all levels of skill, assisted by the stitch co-ordinator team and is a stunning record of Kirkcaldy’s history.”

Mr Crummy and Ms Wilkie unveiled the Kirkcaldy Tapestry Panel on Wednesday.

Exhibitions curator Alice Pearson said: “It’s going to be part of the museum’s collection and will be displayed until the end of the year.

“It’s a lovely legacy of the Great Tapestry, which had 58,000 visitors. It was a huge blockbuster for us.”

Source: The Courier

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