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Mysterious First World War cloth goes on display in Otley
1:53pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
A mysterious cloth, covered in signatures that date back to the First World War, will be on display in Otley this weekend.
All Saints Parish Church is displaying the unusual piece of linen during its Heritage Open Days weekend, which runs from Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 15.
The cloth is covered in the names of local people which have been embroidered over in red, and is thought to have been created between 1912 and 1916.
It was passed back to the church by Pam Beck, who found it among her mother, lifelong church member Betty Waye’s, possessions.
Church warden Margaret Parkin is hoping some of the visitors who come in to the church, Otley’s oldest building, for the heritage events may be able to help explain its origins. She said: “The white linen cloth has been autographed by lot of local people, no doubt for a donation to church funds, and then the names have been embroidered over in red.
“We would like to know if anyone can tell us anything about either the names on it or the occasion it was done for. It will be on display during the heritage weekend events - we would ask people to please call in, have a look and tell us what they know.”
The heritage events at the church this year will include:
- A computer powered presentation about the stained glass windows, prepared by Lynn Barber
- A virtual tour of the tower, by Tim Adams
- A guided tour of the church by Mrs Parkin, at 11am on the Friday.
Allan Boddy will also be giving a talk, Stories of the Stones, about some of the notable Otley families whose memorials are in the church, at 2pm on each day, and self-guide leaflets and refreshments will be available.
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