Logo

Silk project looking for school memories

PUBLISHED: 17:41 23 July 2019

Sudbury has been a major hub of the UK silk industry since the 18th century. Picture:  ALUN CALLENDER/GAINSBOROUGH SILK

Sudbury has been a major hub of the UK silk industry since the 18th century. Picture: ALUN CALLENDER/GAINSBOROUGH SILK

ALLUN CALENDER

A major project celebrating Sudbury's silk industry wants to hear from anyone with memories of a school gymnastics display at a summer fete more than 40 years ago.

The Sudbury Silk Stories project is searching for details of a silk-clad performance at Great Cornard Middle School in the 1970s and wants anyone with photographs or memories to contact them.

The mother of one of the pupils worked in the Stephen Walters and Sons mill and was able to provide silk offcuts to make costumes for the display.

The story was told to project co-ordinator Carole Creasey.

Pupils were laid on the floor, drawn around and the resulting shapes then sewn together to make the costumes.

Anyone with memories or information is asked to email Carole.

Sudbury Silk Stories, funded by Babergh District Council and £36,400 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, is looking for the stories of current and former employees of Sudbury's silk industry for a new website.

The project will also create a short film that will play at the Sudbury Silk Festival on September 7.

Latest Articles