All the children - 1300 of them - from Nairnshire’s four primary schools and their associated nursery departments have contributed pieces to a 20ft by 6ft tapestry which will hang in Nairn’s Community centre during the town’s Book and Arts Festival.
The giant hanging depicts aspects of the town and its people with an underlying storyline of Coming Home to Bonnie Scotland. It has been inspired by Susie Alexander – herself a “homecomer” .
Jean Godden, a former Head Teacher at Nairn Academy, said at today’s unveiling of the Tapestry - “The whole Festival is about working together and the involvement of so many young people gives it a vibrancy and depth which will strengthen our community into the future. Susie Alexander and her colleagues have, with the help of all these youngsters’ own ideas, worked incredibly hard to create a long lasting tribute to this year of Homecoming 2009.”
Susie Alexander, who was born in Edinburgh, was a leading ballerina with the Royal Ballet and toured the world with the company. Thereafter she pursued a career in textile art but always felt the need to return home to Scotland. “We used to family holiday on the Moray Firth and now I have found in Nairn somewhere where there is artistic, musical and cultural stimulation in a warm and friendly community’’ she said today.