To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower and reclaiming the Mayflower Pilgrims story, BBC Radio Nottingham has joined up with the Nottinghamshire Quilters Guild to capture the region’s past and present in a special patchwork quilt.
The quilt took 7 months and over 400 hours to make and is finally ready to start its tour of Nottinghamshire before it makes its journey overseas to Massachusetts, following in the footsteps of the original Mayflower Pilgrims from Scrooby.
Each of the 33 patches captures a different jewel of Nottinghamshire. It includes the River Trent, Tanneries, Trent Bridge, Nottingham Forest FC, Notts County FC, Civil War, Newark Castle, Stilton Cheese, Scrooby Church, Robin Hood, Lace, Bramley Apples - even Nottingham-born national treasures Torvill and Dean will get their own patch.
Mike Bettison, Editor of BBC Radio Nottingham says, “Nottinghamshire has a very rich history which we are proud of and want to share with the world. As part of this, BBC Radio Nottingham has come together with the Nottinghamshire Quilters Guild to capture the very essence of Nottinghamshire from our heritage of Stilton cheese, right down to the village church of Scrooby where the original Pilgrim Father’s came from. This project has brought communities together and over 40 people have worked hard on this quilt so it really is something to go and see!”
The quilt will be in Nottingham throughout August and will be on display at the Nottingham Tourism Centre Friday 11th – Sunday 13th August. From there it will be on display in the foyer of the Council House in Nottingham Thursday 17th – Saturday 19th August.
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