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Buckie's Roots find crafty way to celebrate Bard's birthday


By Alan Beresford

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A BUCKIE community group have found a crafty way of celebrating the life of the Bard.

Joining Buckie's Roots chairwoman Meg Jamieson (third left) in admiring the Auld Lang Syne panel are group volunteers (from left) Gifford Leslie, Archie Jamieson and Sandra Simpson. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Joining Buckie's Roots chairwoman Meg Jamieson (third left) in admiring the Auld Lang Syne panel are group volunteers (from left) Gifford Leslie, Archie Jamieson and Sandra Simpson. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Crafty Roots – the crafting section of Buckie's Roots – have brightened up Cluny Square in the town with a knitted and crochet craft bomb paying tribute to Robbie Burns.

It is fittingly titled Auld Lang Syne and is currently adorning the information board in the square.

A saltire forms the main piece of the work, which also features flowers and animals, amongst other things.

Pulling the piece together was a community wide effort, as Sandra Simpson from Crafty Roots explained.

"We came up with the idea of doing the Burns craft bomb and asked the wider community to knit or crochet flowers for it.

"Buckie Community Shop had free patterns which could be used and they also acted as a drop off point for finished items.

"One of our members is also involved with Buckie Rainbows and asked if there was anything the girls could do to help. They ended up doing the pom poms.

"Once we had all the various pieces we stitched it together."

Contributions from across the community have been stitched together to form the panel. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Contributions from across the community have been stitched together to form the panel. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Joining Buckie Community Shop, Buckie Rainbows and all the individuals who contributed was Buckie craft shop Be So Crafty.

Also delighted with the finished article was Buckie's Roots chairwoman Meg Jamieson.

She said: "This craft bomb is lovely and for me is the best one we've done yet, even better than the four panels we put up in the square last summer.

"The feedback has been very positive and folk are chuffed to see their own contributions on display.

"A lot of this was done during lockdown and it gave people something to do."

After Burns Night tonight (Tuesday) the piece is due to go on display at Buckie library.

Buckie's Roots were originally formed at Friends of Buckie Square with the aim of sprucing up Cluny Square, which at that point had become rather run down and dowdy. The group have since transformed the area with flowers in existing beds plus through planters they have added themselves.

In the following years Buckie's Roots have expanded their activities to keeping other areas of the town beautiful, and have worked with local schools on a variety of projects.

They have also erected a gateway design at the start/terminus of the Speyside Way and undertake litter picks in the town.

To keep up to date with Buckie's Roots' activities, or to sign up, follow their Facebook page.


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