The year of Homecoming, 2014, started in great style with wonderful fireworks displays at the Castle and Wallace Monument. 2014 will be Stirling’s year, with so many special anniversaries – the centenary of the start of the Great War and the birth of Stirling – born film maker, Norman McLaren, and the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.
This column, which comes to you from the Stirling Smith, promises to bring you 52 amazing stories from the history and culture of Stirling. In 2014, the Smith will be celebrating its own anniversary of 140 years of public service. Last month, the Smith’s first crime fiction novel, The Shadow in the Gallery by Thomas Christie was published.
This month, the finishing stitches are being done on a colourful, iconic banner, for the Smith by members of the Stirling and District Embroiderers’ Guild. Shown here are the panels depicting the Smith (sewn by Frances Rankin) and the University (sewn by Kay Mackay) The banner shows the flora and fauna of Stirling, as well as many aspects of the built heritage and history of the City.
This project has been a year long labour of love for Stirling Embroiderers’ Guild, and will be presented at the opening of their exhibition, Stirling Threads, in February.