Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry heads south in support of the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry!

Grampian Club, CORBY
25th-30th November 2013

At the end of November 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie was marching his army – flushed with their success at Prestonpans – deep into the heart of England in the hopes of seizing London for the Stuarts. Now the story of the amazing victory which facilitated that move is following the army south too!

But whereas Prince Charlie only reached as far as Derby, the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry is reaching just a little further and making its way to Corby in Northamptonshire! Keen followers of our News page will of course understand why: we’re getting Corby into the tapestry mood ahead of its involvement in our own!

Corby will take the lead in representing the Scottish Diaspora in England, and the team is extremely keen to hear from people interested in taking part. What better way to inspire them than to show them what can be done, and what more fitting venue than the town’s Grampian Club?

Following our Corby workshops in October, some volunteers have already signed up to help and several historical themes have also been identified: outline design ideas for these will be available to view at the Grampian Club during the exhibition.

Dr Gordon Prestoungrange, our chairman, said: “As we thought, there is a huge amount of material linking Corby to Scotland, and lots of people with personal connections. We’ve already met several enthusiastic people who want to take part in the project, but this exhibition is a chance for us to meet lots more and to hear many more stories of Scottish connections. During the exhibition we shall be meeting local embroidery groups and the pipers and we are privileged to be in the Club on St Andrew’s Night when a multitude of local Scots will be celebrating.”

The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry will be on display at the Grampian Club, Patrick Road, Corby, between Sunday 25 and Friday 30 November from 11 am to 4 pm and till 10pm on Friday 30th . Later display can be made by arrangement during the week.  Full information on the programme is available at The Grampian Club and enquiries to 01604 858322 or mobile on 0792 8526629.

PS. On our return from Corby we’ll be stopping off in Derby for 1st & 2nd December, where the city will be commemorating its role in the Jacobite Rising of 1745. This annual event has taken place in the city for over twenty years, with representatives from Prestonpans attending regularly. Then, just like the Prince and his men, the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry will return to the north.


By Admin