The Embassy Cinema, the Gasometers, Maldovec cars, Granton Hotel, Harbour, trams – the Banner Group’s latest creation is a celebration marking Granton’s rich past. The horizontal banner, the Group’s first of this kind, is displayed along the wall of the north trancept of the church, and features 11 individual A4-sized tapestries.
Morag Sinclair, one of the Banner Group’s founding members, says “when Norman first asked us to do some banners Marilynne suggested doing some small banners to hang along the balcony with Granton’s past as the theme.”
Since the Group started they have produced some amazing banners marking the seasons of the church, and the project of creating a look at Granton’s past was always on the back burner. There was such a long space of wall in the transcept and the Group thought it would be a good idea to finally make one for this area. They contacted the Granton History website and found there was a wealth of information there.
Morag says, “we only did some of the ones which have either disappeared or are now being used for another purpose, which is why the current Granton School is not there.”
Creating the images on canvas was not an easy job, as the original photos were quite small, but with the help of Norman’s computer wizardry, suitable images were transposed to the canvas which is used as the basis for the finished articles.
“I think the ‘girls’ did a great job of the stitching,” says Morag, “especially as two of them had never done cross stitch before”.
We are all indebted to all members of the Banner Group for the latest addition to their array of banners to decorate our church building.
The Banner Group usually meets on Monday mornings – Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to any member if you are interested in joining.