Time-trav­el­ling Alyth box opens

Story Box project is of­fi­cially launched

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open it along with lit­tle Kam­ryn.”

The de-com­mis­sioned tele­phone box was bought by Alyth Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, which then set the chal­lenge to the peo­ple of Alyth to find a use for it.

Chair of the com­mu­nity coun­cil, Amanda Blake­man, said: “The Story Box is a real as­set for the town which will give a boost to the com­mu­nity af­ter the long re­cov­ery we have en­dured since the dev­as­tat­ing flood of July 2015.”

The Story Box is one of three projects launch­ing Cat­eran’s Com­mon Wealth, a new ini­tia­tive in east­ern Perthshire which is us­ing one of Scot­land’s hid­den gems, the Cat­eran Trail, as a stage for a pro­gramme of di­verse arts, cul­tural and her­itage ac­tiv­i­ties and events aimed at in­spir­ing peo­ple to think about and cel­e­brate the area’s ‘com­mon wealth’.

Clare Cooper, one of its co­pro­duc­ers, com­mented: “This project is a unique com­mu­nityled arts project which cel­e­brates the his­tory, her­itage and cul­ture of a very spe­cial place and which will help bring new tourism busi­ness to this beau­ti­ful part of Perthshire.”

Scottish folk and tra­di­tional singer-song­writer Chris­tine Kydd worked with pupils at Alyth Pri­mary School to­gether with Ewan McVicar for the project. She said: “We re­ally en­joyed this project and we’re re­ally pleased with the songs we came up with.

“It has been re­ally good fun and we’re proud and ex­cited to be work­ing with Cat­eran’s Com­mon Wealth and, in par­tic­u­lar, the Story Box project. It wouldn’t sur­prise me if this project be­came an ex­em­plar of work­ing to­gether in com­mu­ni­ties - it is a great way to cel­e­brate the town and the peo­ple in it and cre­at­ing a sense of be­long­ing for the young peo­ple.”

And Ge­orge Annan, youth worker with Alyth Youth Part­ner­ship added: “We were de­lighted to be in­volved in this very spe­cial project and we hope that the young peo­ple of Alyth will take own­er­ship of it and look af­ter it and treat it with re­spect.”

The project has been sup­ported through sig­nif­i­cant in-kind do­na­tions from in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses in Alyth and is funded by Alyth Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, Cre­ative Scot­land, The Drumderg Wind Farm Com­mu­nity Fund, The Gan­nochy Trust, The Her­itage Lot­tery Fund, The Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery Fund, Ru­ral Perth and Kin­ross LEADER pro­gramme, Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil, Scot­mid Com­mu­nity Fund and the St James Place Foun­da­tion.

The Story Box has been pro­duced in part­ner­ship with the peo­ple of Alyth, with dig­i­tal and sound tech­nol­ogy artists and de­sign­ers from Fleet Col­lec­tive, Dundee and NEoN (North East of North), Dundee, who run Scot­land’s only dig­i­tal arts festival, Perth and Kin­ross Coun­try­side Trust and Cul­ture Perth and Kin­ross.

De­tails of how to get in­volved in the Story Box and other Cat­eran’s Com­mon Wealth projects can be found at www.com­mon­cul­ture. org.uk.

Singer-song­writer Chris­tine Kydd with P7 pupils from Alyth Pri­mary who sang one of the songs they had writ­ten and recorded

De­lighted Project de­signer, pro­ducer and Alyth res­i­dent Mar­ian Bruce

Story Box Mar­ian Bruce at the of­fi­cial launch of the project

Sto­ries to tell Five-year-old Kam­ryn Bur­dass and Dorothy Loth­ian

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