Commemorative town tapestry set to be unveiled

A community tapestry celebrating 1,000 years of Berwick’s history will be unveiled next month.

Monday, 11th February 2019, 10:47 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th February 2019, 15:51 pm
Part of the Tweed 1000 tapestry celebrates Berwick Cockles.

The project has been coordinated by the Tweed 1000 voluntary group, formed to mark the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Carham.

Berwick’s history as a Border town began in 1018 when the battle resulted in the border between England and Scotland being pushed down to the River Tweed.

The Tweed 1000 team felt a town tapestry, designed and stitched as a community project, was a good way to commemorate 1,000 years of this rich history.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Tesco Bags for Help and a number of other local organisations, the creation of the tapestry reached out to all corners of the local community to create, in less than 12 months, a piece of community art that will be enjoyed by local people and by visitors for years to come.

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The tapestry will be unveiled by the Duke of Northumberland and Earl Home on Monday, March 25, in Berwick’s new visitor centre on Walkergate, Berwick.

The visitor centre, located in the former Methodist Church, will also be officially opened at this time by the Duke.

Tweed 1000 project chairman David Blackburn said: “We have been delighted by the success of the project and we have been overwhelmed by the scale of public interest and support that we have received.”

He added: “We are thrilled that his Grace and Earl Home have agreed to unveil the tapestry. It is fitting that the heads of these historically important families will help us celebrate our project by acknowledging the unique role Berwick has had in the history of both England and Scotland.”

Following its official unveiling, viewings of the tapestry will be arranged for all community groups which have helped to create it.

The general public will be able to see the tapestry when the Berwick visitor centre opens its doors to the public for Easter.