Pupils’ final stitch in Commonwealth tapestry completed

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Chirnside Primary School pupils have completed the panel they have been making to go into the larger Commonwealth tapestry.

The school is the only one in the Borders to contribute to the Commonwealth Tapestry, a piece of art by children from all over Scotland which will be exhibited at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as part of Festival 2014.

Intended to welcome the world to the Glasgow 2014 games, the tapestry is made up of squares designed throughout Scotland and the commonwealth, and will show visitors to Scotland the country’s variations from the Mull of Galloway to the Shetlands. Chirnside’s finished design includes a scene from civic week, the Jim Clark memorial clock, a tractor and the school.

After months of effort by the pupils, teachers and members of the local community, local politicians Michael Moore (MP) and John Lamont (MSP) joined the morning school assembly to complete the final stitch.

Mr Moore said afterwards: “Chirnside Primary school’s pupils and teachers deserve huge credit for creating this amazing tapestry panel. Not only does it represent a great artistic endeavour, but it also tells the story of the local community very effectively.

“Everybody in the Borders, not just in Chirnside, can be proud of the efforts that have been made.”

Echoing this, Mr Lamont said: “I know that a lot of work has gone into the tapestry, and everyone who contributed should be rightly proud of what they have achieved. I look forward to seeing them on display this summer.

“This initiative is a great way for communities to get involved with the Games and I am delighted that Chirnside have played their part.”