Corby’s Scottish heritage all stitched up

From left,  John 'Mr Corby' Lobb Douglas, Corby mayor Judy Caine, event organiser Gordon Prestongrange and Paul Balmer, with a blueprint for one of the embroidered panels
From left, John 'Mr Corby' Lobb Douglas, Corby mayor Judy Caine, event organiser Gordon Prestongrange and Paul Balmer, with a blueprint for one of the embroidered panels

Corby’s Scottish heritage is being told one stitch at a time as part of a huge international project.

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry is being embroidered by volunteers from 25 communities around the world where people from Scotland have settled and made their mark.

Corby has been chosen to represent England and its contribution to the project will include panels depicting the Second World War Pipeline Under the Ocean project, St Andrew’s Church, in Occupation Road, the Grampian Association, the Highland Gathering and Stewarts & Lloyds steelworks.

The two-year project was launched by Prestoungrange Arts Festival, creators of The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry.

Measuring 150 metres, the tapestry will be completed by December and will be displayed during 2014 at venues across Scotland.

Some of the embroidery work by Corby volunteers went on show on Thursday (August 1) at Corby Cube.

Heritage Champion for Corby Council, Cllr John McGhee, said: “Corby is very proud of its Scottish links and it is a huge privilege for our heritage to be noted on such a large scale project.”