East Haven 800 Heritage Bunting Project

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, West Haven
A magical fantastic exhibition - the bunting is wonderful - D. Stewart, Kirriemuir.
Lots of lovely handiwork gone into the bunting, D Davidson, Broughty Ferry.
Very impressed with the bunting, M Keirs, Carnoustie.



The Template

How did we do it?


All bunting should to be the same size and shape as the completed sample in the photograph opposite measuring 21 cm across the top and 30.5cm finished length.

It has to be made of fabric, however your design can incorporate other materials.

 What you will need for your bunting:

  • One paper template measuring 23 cm across the top at the widest point 
    (21 cm is the finished width) and 33.5 cm length (30.5 cm is the finished length). These measurements have allowed for approx. 1 cm hem on each side depending on your chosen fabric. Thicker materials may require extra width for the hem. 
  • Your chosen piece of fabric, large enough for two triangles the above size, to make each piece of bunting.
  • Scissors and suitable thread for stitching the fabric.
  • Your own design materials.



  1. Measure the triangle template out on your piece of paper, sizes as above.
  2. Cut out your template

Take your chosen material and your template  

  1. Pin the template on top of your fabric and cut out the triangle shape for your bunting front. Repeat for the process for the back.
  2. Remove template paper and create your design
  3. Once you have finished your design, put the finished sides together and stitch down the hem line of the two long sides.
  4. Turn your finished bunting inside out. If required use a knitting needle to push out the tip of the bunting

 Top of the bunting

The top seam does not require finishing as this will be done when we stitch all the bunting together.