The Pitstop youth group’s ‘Weaving Through History’ project welcomed an important visitor on the last day of its recent exhibition.
Forfar baker Bill McLaren, Past Deacon Convener of the Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee, dropped in to see the progress made by the project to which he had given initial support. A £1,000 grant to buy table-top looms started the research project whi8ch has grown in scale and scope. This led to Heritage Lottery Funding of £23,000.
Mr McLaren presented the Nine Trades Shield to project leader Dawn Mullady at the request of the current Deacon Convener Jim Shearer. Mr Shearer was delighted to acknowledge the success of the project and was particularly pleased with the involvement of the Nine Trades.
Earlier in the year the Nine Trades, the Glover Trade and the Weaver Craft all contributed funds to create a distinct and practical weaving shed in the basement of the Academy Street property.
Ron Scrimgeour, past deacon of the Weaver Craft had advised on the project
He said: “This is the first time I have witnessed the presentation of a Nine Trades Shield and the fact that the Forfar project has been honoured in this way is fantastic.”