The Berwick 900 programme ended with The Great Performing Rope and The Arty-Facts Show, which showcased the skills and imagination of local artists and craftspeople inspired by all the elements of the Berwick 900 Festival.
The Great Performing Rope was an arts project weaving together the stories, histories and hopes for the future that make Berwick unique. Inspired by the town’s history of rope making and the legendary rope walks that residents and visitors to Berwick still remember, the Great Performing Rope collected the stories, memories and aspirations of the people who know and love Berwick.
A 900 metre rope wrapped with memories and artefacts and stung with tags displaying the memories, hopes and wishes for the future contributed by people of all ages was woven through the town’;s streets. At the Quayside, there were rope-based games, storytelling and music throughout the weekend.
The Finale weekend opened with Massed choirs from Berwick schools performing a specially-composed song All Hands to The Rope and the reading of a Young People’s Manifesto devised by local children, on the steps of the Town Hall.
The Arty Facts Show
The Arty Facts Show featured the completed Berwick 900 Timeline, illustrated by local artist Tony Johnson and the Berwick 900 Wall hanging, designed by Margaret Kenny and designed around some lines from Dr. Keith Armstrong’s poem Song for Northumberland.
The event was opened by Dr Amrstrong reading his poem, accompanied on the Northumbrian pipes by Anne Sessoms.