MSP campaigns for tapestry to tour Fife

Part of the Great Tapestry of Scotland
Part of the Great Tapestry of Scotland

Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Claire Baker has reiterated her calls for the Great Tapestry of Scotland to come to Kirkcaldy during Question Time in the Scottish Parliament.

Highlighting the popularity of the tapestry when it was on display in the Scottish Parliament, the Labour MSP once again called for the event to come to Fife, highlighting the newly refurbished Kirkcaldy Galleries as an ideal venue.

She is planning to set up a meeting with Fife Cultural Trust in the New Year to discuss possible venues throughout the Kingdom.

The tapestry is the longest embroidered tapestry in the world at 143 metres long, beating the 120 metre Kieskamma tapestry, which previously held the record, and the famous Bayeux tapestry which is 70 metres long.

The tapestry was previously on display in the Scottish parliament during September and attracted over 30,000 visitors during that short time.

Speaking after the question, Claire Baker said: “With sections of the tapestry having been stitched in towns throughout Fife, it is important that friends, families and locals are offered the opportunity to view the tapestry on their doorstep.

“Exhibitions such as the Great Tapestry can bring a boost to the local economy and as such it would be a great opportunity for Kirkcaldy and its local businesses if the tapestry was to come to the Galleries.”