Pipers, a pipeline and porridge suggested for Corby tapestry panels

Organisors of the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, Gordon Prestongrange and Avril Wills at the Grampian Club, Corby
Organisors of the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, Gordon Prestongrange and Avril Wills at the Grampian Club, Corby
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Corby Grampian Club, with its pipe band, the Second World War Pipeline Under the Ocean project and porridge are among the suggestions for the Corby panels on a huge new tapestry.

The town has been chosen to take part in a project to honour the courage and true grit of Scots pioneers.

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry is to be embroidered by volunteers from 25 communities around the world where people from Scotland have settled and made their mark and Corby has been selected to represent England.

The two-year project has been launched by Prestoungrange Arts Festival, creators of The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry which was displayed at the Grampian Club, in the town, to generate interest in the latest venture.

Gordon Prestoungrange, chairman of the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry project, said: “Around 500 visitors saw the exhibition and discussed the proposals for the town’s panels.

“We also made contact with local embroidery groups and promises have been made for a total of six panels for the tapestry, depicting the Scots community in Corby.”

So far, suggestions for Corby’s contribution to the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry include a panel depicting Stewarts & Lloyds steelworks, with a blast furnace and molten steel being poured.

Another panel could depict St Andrew’s Church of Scotland, in Occupation Road, which dates from 1934, St Ninian’s Church of Scotland and Our Lady of Walsingham Church.

The Pipeline Under the Ocean project (Pluto) has also been suggested as the subject for a tapestry panel.

After the D-Day landings a pipeline built at Corby steelworks was used to supply fuel to the Allies.

Other subjects suggested include Corby’s Grampian Club, homes and jobs and a crater on Mars named after Corby.

Asda’s largest haggis, deep friend mince pies, porridge and the former Lloyds and Odeon cinemas could also find their way on to the tapestry.