Calendars take you back to the past

The cloth calendar created by CLEAR.
The cloth calendar created by CLEAR.

CLOTH calendars have been created by a Buckhaven-based environmental group to keep alive the history of the town – especially since so few reminders now remain.

Produced by CLEAR, the calendars have been made with funding from Heritage Lottery and Fife Council.

The theme for 2013 is Buckhaven Harbour as, in the 19th century, Buckhaven boasted the largest fishing fleet in Scotland (198 boats) and a fine large harbour, built from 1838.

It lasted a century until damaged by storms and pit waste.

From 1900-32, Buckhaven had its own lifeboat, the `Isabella’ – shown in the calendar – which saved eight lives.

Like the sands, the mines, the college, shops, the railway, the cinemas, even the old fishing town, there’s little that remains.

In 2013, CLEAR plans to have heritage trail panels produced and installed and to organise a spring series of talks.

A retro-postcard series has also been produced, showing some of Buckhaven’s former glories.

The cloth calendars are printed by CLEAR’s Bangladesh partner, RDRS, which works with climate change affected rural families.

For that reason, the cloth calendar is recyclable – after use as a wall calendar, it can washed and recycled as teatowel.

Although this year has only just started, 2014’s calendar is already ordered and printed, and will have a Commonwealth Games theme.

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