Tapestry has ’Nauld connection

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Tapestry panels dedicated to the story of Cumbernauld and the Antonine Wall will be featured at a special exhibit in the Scottish Parliament.

The panels are part of The Great Tapestry of Scotland, which is currently available for the public to view in the main hall at Holyrood until September 21.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland has been hailed as one of the country’s most ambitious community art projects.

It is over 140 metres long with 160 detailed panels and the tapestry captures unique moments in Scotland’s 420 million year history.

The tapestry panel featuring the Antonine Wall is very detailed and denotes the Battle of Mons Graupius to the creation of the Antonine Wall.

The tapestry panel featuring Cumbernauld denotes its emergence from a small new town to one of Scotland’s largest towns and all the things which make the town iconic and unique.

MSP Jamie Hepburn recently enjoyed viewing the project.

He was informed by the curator that the Cumbernauld tapestry panel has proved very popular with visitors as it is the only panel to feature 3D sections.

Mr Hepburn said: “It was great to see both Cumbernauld and the Antonine Wall highlighted in The Great Tapestry of Scotland.

“It is undeniable the level of skill and workmanship that has went into creating every panel and the volunteer seamstresses should be highly commended for their efforts.”

He added: “I am pleased to learn that so many of the visitors have commented on how much they enjoyed in particular the tapestry of Cumbernauld.

“I would strongly encourage people from Cumbernauld and Kilsyth to take the opportunity to see the tapestry which will be available to view for free in the Scottish Parliament until September 21.”