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Twinning tapestries stitch links for Wigan and Angers
Monday 8th December, 2008

Twinning tapestries stitch links for Wigan and Angers
Members of the Daisy Chain Stitchers Group Carol Cullen, Margaret Adams, Dorothy Jackson, Ethel Moore and Majorie Latham, pictured shaking hands with Angers ambassadress Aline Domeau.

A local community group has created two spectacular tapestries to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the twinning between Wigan and Angers.

The Daisy Chain Stitchers with the assistance of textile artist, Elizabeth Smith created the tapestries, which feature images representing the twinning. Wigan Borough’s red brick buildings were the inspiration for the design. The project has been funded by the Coalfield Regeneration Trust and supported by Wigan Council.

The tapestries are currently on display in wall units at the Grand Arcade in Wigan, near the George Formby statue (located in the alley leading to Millgate Car Park).

Angers is famous for its medieval and contemporary tapestries. The most famous being the 14th century Apocalypse Tapestry in Angers Castle, representing the biblical apocalypse of John. The project is therefore very fitting in commemorating the twinning.

Aline Domeau, Ambassadress from Angers said: “I would like to compliment the stitchers and the artist for their wonderful work. It took more than 20 sessions to create these two pieces of art, and the result perfectly symbolises the friendship and the twinning between Angers and Wigan.”

If you would like more information about the twinning between Wigan and Angers, please contact Aline on 01942 828950 or A.Domeau@wigan.gov.uk.

The Daisy Chain Stitchers meet every Tuesday afternoon at the Clifton Centre in Worsley Mesnes. If you would like to join the group or would like further information please contact Marjorie Latham on 01942 234880.

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