What did we do?
We asked local people and those with a connection to the Ha’en to get involved in creating Heritage Bunting. The idea of developing heritage bunting arose when attempts by residents to
recreate a historic local flag proved unsuccessful.
East Haven is reported to have had it's own flag in the early 1900's which was apparently flown on special occasions. Residents searched the Angus archives to try and find a picture or
description of what the flag may have looked like so they could recreate it for their forthcoming Octocentenary. Having had no success locally we contacted The Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh, the heraldic authority for Scotland which deals with
all matters relating to Scottish Heraldry and Coats of Arms. However, we were subsequently informed that the residents of East Haven may have been flying a flag without legal authority in the early 1900's as there is no record of the flag being registered
with the Court of the Lord Lyon.
When we realised that even if we did recreate the flag we would not be permitted to fly it we suggested that we might ask local school children to design one. However, it was explained to us that even a
child’s flag must be granted legal permission by the Lord Lyon King of Arms following receipt of a petition seeking Ensigns Armorial at a cost of around £1,500. As this was not feasible one of our residents, Dareena Scott came up with the idea
of creating our own heritage bunting.
The idea was that people would create a panel of heritage bunting depicting something about East Haven, it’s people, it’s heritage or it’s environment. It was an opportunity to create
something unique which would help to tell the story of East Haven through a visual art display.
We wanted as many people as possible to get involved and communicate through their heritage bunting something that they wanted to communicate
about the Ha’en. Some became very personal family pieces, others were of a fun design and many reflected the bio-diversity and vibrant coastal landscape. People from all over the UK became involved in addition to local people, groups and societies. People
were ambitious and creative in their designs and enjoyed being part of a large community project.”
The heritage bunting was showcased at our East Haven Maritime and Heritage Exhibition in Carnoustie Library from 5th to 23rd
April. Since then we are delighted that the people of Maule which is situated approximately 25 miles south west of Paris have contributed two further panels of bunting.These panels are symbolic of our historic connection through the Maules of Panmure. We now
have 125 panels of heritage bunting. Each panel tells it's own story but together, the panels tell the whole story of East Haven through a stunning visual art work.
This is what some people said about the bunting at our Maritime
and Heritage Exhibition in April.
The heritage bunting is simply stunning - M MacLellan, Glasgow
Must open the eyes of others to the value of a community project helping bind neighbours together and to raise the profile of stitchery and fabric to the wider public - A Paget,
A magical fantastic exhibition - the bunting is wonderful - D. Stewart, Kirriemuir.
Lots of lovely handiwork gone into the bunting, D Davidson, Broughty Ferry.
impressed with the bunting, M Keirs, Carnoustie.