Win­dows will light up for ‘Wan­der­land’

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

Win­dows of busi­nesses and homes in Stir­ling’s Top of the Town will be lit up with a Re­mem­brance theme this week­end.

And the area’s com­mu­nity coun­cil is urg­ing res­i­dents and busi­nesses to get in­volved in mak­ing their eye-catch­ing dis­plays at a work­shop to­mor­row (Thurs­day).

Pupils at Al­lan’s Pri­mary School have been mak­ing a map to help walk­ers ex­plore the area for the‘Win­dow Wan­der­land’event to brighten up the dark win­ter nights. Mer­cat Cross and City Cen­tre Com­mu­nity Coun­cil mem­ber Karen Belling­ham-Baird ex­plained:“We have about 20 busi­ness and res­i­dents in­volved. These in­clude the High­land Ho­tel, the Youth Hos­tel, Tol­booth, Al­lan’s Pri­mary, Baker St Nurs­ery and some of our amaz­ing small busi­ness.

“The artist Astrid Yaekl is cre­at­ing the in­stal­la­tion at Baker Street Nurs­ery which is in­spired by the Ar­gyll and Suther­land High­landers. There will also be in­stal­la­tions in many res­i­dents’win­dows with some amaz­ing work in­spired by Re­mem­brance and the poppy.”

In­tri­cate pa­per-cut­ting has been used to cre­ate strik­ing shapes and im­ages. Among those in­volved is 16-year-old Stir­ling High School pupil Fin­lay Baird who has cre­ated a dis­play of an Ar­gyll and Suther­land High­landers cap badge as well as one ofYpres’Menin Gate.

Artist Ros­sita Bate­man, with the help of 16-year-old St Mo­dan’s High School pupil Joshua McMil­lan, has cre­ated sil­hou­ettes of ‘Tom­mies’and‘Jocks.’

Mer­cat Cross and City Cen­tre Com­mu­nity Coun­cil hope to hold a Win­dow Wan­der­land event in the Top of the Town ev­ery year.

Karen said:“The planned Win­dow Wan­der­land for last year didn’t hap­pen due to the lack of time. We hope to run the event an­nu­ally and will have a con­sul­ta­tion with our com­mu­nity to de­cide on the next theme.

“Win­dow Wan­der­land is an idea to cre­ate a com­mu­nity event that brings the com­mu­nity to­gether to come up with ideas, cre­ate art pieces and then view the creations in the com­mu­nity’s own space. It is a chance to come to­gether and cel­e­brate our com­mu­nity.”

Thurs­day evening’s work­shop takes place at the Darn­ley Cof­fee House, Bow Street, from 6pm to 8pm. Res­i­dents can also pop into the The Haven nearby be­tween 9am and 1pm to­day (Wednes­day), Thurs­day and Fri­day.

Karen added:“If any­one wishes to join in and cre­ate some­thing for their win­dow they are most wel­come – it’ll help make our com­mu­nity and wan­der all the more colour­ful.”

Jane Far­quhar­son and Alex Frye, left, and Mi­randa Jones and Rob McGowan, right

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