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Story Telling playing an ever growing part at the Prestonpans Tapestry Exhibitions

The Pans Tellers at the Netherbow

Last week, many hundreds of people flocked to the Scottish Storytelling Centre to see the Battle of Prestonpans Heritage Trust’s Tapestry Exhibition, and to enjoy the wide range of events which were held to support it.

It began with the excitement of the Alan Breck Regiment storming the Netherbow Port then unsuccessfully calling on the Castle to surrender, to lively historical discussions and debates. There was surely something for everyone.

The week’s finale was the much-anticipated day of storytelling by The Pans Tellers, led by Tim Porteous.



They enthralled audiences young and old with their vivid and moving tales inspired by the Battle of Prestonpans. From familiar music such as Hey Johnnie Cope to more intimate stories such as those from villagers watching the battle from Preston Tower, the ’45 came alive during this lively and entertaining day. There was no finer conclusion to such a successful week!



Although only a week long, the exhibition at the Netherbow has seen great numbers and a very full programme of activities. Our very sincere thanks to the Scottish Storytelling Centre, and to all those who helped with our events - the Alan Breck’s Prestonpans Volunteer Regiment, The Pans Tellers, Coreen Scott, Stuart MacHardy, Lynn Fraser, and many others.

Maybe a picture tells 1000 words but we've learnt something important beyond that!

A picture as a catalyst for re-enactments and for intimate story telling arising from the scenes depicted is yet more powerful still. It is already becoming an important component of the exhibitions programme alongside the unique opportunity to meet the ladies who embroidered the 10,000,000 stitches!


Published Date: February 24th 2011


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