Your article: Piece of history being made to mark battle

The first panel is almost complete. The main story is done, but the text and borders need to be added.

The first panel is almost complete. The main story is done, but the text and borders need to be added.

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Work on creating a tapestry that tells the story of the Battle of Stamford Bridge is progressing well.

The idea to create a Stamford Bridge Tapestry and complete the story of the three battles of 1066 began a year ago. It is one of the major projects as part of the 2016 (950th) anniversary celebrations of the battles of 1066.

Work began on the tapestry last September after the design and initial preparations.

A team of more than 25 embroiderers practised the stitches and got used to working on panels over one metre long.

There are 12 panels so far and work has begun on embroidering six of them.

A spokesperson for the project said: “The speed and skill of the work is amazing showing how enthusiastic everyone is to produce our own historic interpretation of the events that took place here in Stamford Bridge.”

Work on the panels is shared according to the availability of the embroiderers. Shirley Smith, a renowned expert, oversees the work and schedules out the panels to suit peoples time.

Every Tuesday the team get together to discuss progress and sort out any issues in the community centre on Saxon Road in Stamford Bridge. For those who are unable to make this, there are also monthly workshops.

Anyone is welcome to come along and see the work.

When finished, the plan is to display it alongside 
the Bayeux and Fulford tapestries, completing the story that began almost 1,000 
years ago.

Anyone who would be interested in fundraising for the project is asked to email Tom Wyles at thwyles@btinternet.com.

For more information and pictures or for details of when and where the monthly workshops are being held, visit www.thebattleofstamfordbridge.blogspot.co.uk