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Renfrew 600 tapestry set to take pride of place at intu Braehead

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A colourful tapestry that captures the events of the Royal Burgh of Renfrew is set to take pride of place at the town’s major shopping mall.

The Renfrew 600 Tapestry was created by residents in 1997 to commemorate 600 years of Renfrew as a Royal Burgh – and is now destined to be displayed at intu Braehead.

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The 18 year old tapestry reflects events of Renfrew from 1397 when it became a Royal Burgh and was originally hung in the main hall of Renfrew Town Hall.

However there was no suitable location in the town hall after its refurb and the tapestry has been in Council storage since Renfrew Town Hall’s development.

Renfrewshire Council’s Finance and Resources Policy Board this week gave the go-ahead for £15,140 from the Renfrew Common Good Fund to meet the cost of a suitable protective case for the tapestry and its re-location.

Councillor Eddie Grady, Depute Convener of the Finance and Resources Policy Board said: “It’s great news that the Renfrew 600 Tapestry is set to take pride of place at intu Braehead. Renfrew Community Council has worked extremely hard to make this relocation happen, and it’s wonderful that the tapestry will be displayed in prominent location where many visitors, young and old alike, will be able to see and appreciate it.”

Jim Gamble from Renfrew Community Council said: “This is excellent news for the community of Renfrew that the tapestry will now have a permanent home where it can be seen by the many thousands who pass through Braehead on a daily basis.

“Renfrew Community Council is appreciative of the support from Renfrewshire Council and the management of intu Braehead to ensure the tapestry can be located within our town for the benefit of residents and visitors alike. Our local high schools, Trininty High and Renfrew High, designed the storyboards that will accompany the tapestry to provide information on its history and a snapshot of Renfrew post 1997.”

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “Renfrew has a fantastic history and it’s only right that as many people as possible find out about it. The tapestry is a great way to depict the town’s heritage and by displaying it at intu Braehead, we will be able to let hundreds of thousands of people see the tapestry and learn about the local area. I’m sure visitors to intu Braehead will be mightily impressed with the tapestry and it will soon become a popular attraction for people coming to the shopping centre.”

The tapestry will be situated in the link corridor between the upper mall and the blue multi-storey car park. It’s hoped re-location will be complete nearer the end of 2015.