AFTER almost 2000 hours of needlework, the final stitches of The Arbroath Tapestry have been sewn by a group of Angus embroidery and textile artists.

Artists Pat Beaton, left, and Janette Nairn were part of the nine-person team working on the tapestry in the lead up to the Arbroath 2020 celebrations which mark the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath.

It will be on long term display in Arbroath Abbey from early April to celebrate the letter sent from Scotland’s nobles to Pope John in Avignon on April 6, 1320.

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Alex Paterson, chief executive of Historic Environment Scotland (HES), that manages Arbroath Abbey, said: “We’re delighted to be receiving the Arbroath Tapestry and making it part of the Abbey’s continuing story. This amazing piece of craftsmanship not only tells the story of the Declaration of Arbroath but also covers key moments in the history of the Abbey right up to the present day.”