VIDEO: Scottish tapestry goes on show in Doncaster

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A colourful tapestry to celebrate Scottish history has arrived for a week-long stay in Doncaster.

Talented Doncastrians have helped to create The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry which consists of some 300 beautifully embroidered panels.

The unveiling of the Scottish tapestry at Doncaster Minster.

The unveiling of the Scottish tapestry at Doncaster Minster.

Doncaster is its first stop outside Scotland as part of a nationwide tour and will be on display at Doncaster Minster until November 21.

The organisers of the project contacted Doncaster Archives to help after press attention in 2012 about the fact that the manor of Doncaster had belonged to the heir to the Scottish throne in the mid 12th century.

Doncaster Archives were asked to select four images to illustrate the connection between Scotland and Doncaster.

The images chosen are Prince Henry, son and heir of David I of Scotland, Walter Scott and Conisbrough Castle, Edinburgh-born Nigel Gresley’s Scottish-themed and Doncaster-built class of locomotives, and the celebrated Armthorpe NUM branch secretary Jock Kane.

Four panels were designed in Scotland based on these images and then sent, with the necessary stitching equipment, for use by stitchers who wanted to take part in the project.

About 50 people - aged from two to 90-years-old - contributed to completing the panels.

Gordon Prestoungrange, Baron of Prestoungrange, who helped organise the tapestry, said: “People all over the world have got involved and it is a pleasure for Doncaster to be the first stop on a global tour.

“People want to tell the story and be part of something big and tell the Scottish story to the world.”

“We are using history to educate the community of today on the achievements of the communities of the past.”