Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is cordially inviting members of the community to attend the official launch of the Liverpool Plains Tartan by Crofters Tartan Weavers, Fred and Marie Lawson, at the Visitor Information Centre (VIC), Willow Tree, on Friday June 9, at 10am.
“I never cease to be amazed by the many and varied talents I meet around the Shire, each doing their own amazing things, carving out their niche. Fred and Marie exemplify the type of people who create something special. On behalf of the LP community I thank them for their wonderful gesture,” Councillor Hope said.
“Fred and Marie are hobby crofters who live on their little farm at Spring Ridge. You could be excused for thinking you’ve landed in a little piece of Scotland when you arrive at their home. Crofting is derived from a traditional social system in Scotland defined by small-scale production. They weave a variety of materials including wool, cotton and silk and also breed Clydesdales and Donkeys,” Councillor Hope said.
“Tartan is without a doubt one of the most important symbols of Scotland and Scottish Heritage and has a fascination for many people right around the world. For many thousands of years the Celts are known to have woven chequered or striped cloth and a few of these ancient samples have been found across Europe and Scandinavia. It is believed that the introduction of this form of weaving came to the West of Northern Britain with the Iron age Celtic Scoti (Scots) from Ireland in the 5 – 6th century BC,” he continued.
“Fred and Marie’s Liverpool Plains Tartan design is now finished and registered with the Scottish Tartan Registry. At the official launch Fred will explain how the design came about and what it means.
“There will also be a Tartan Display at the VIC, plus on the day items for sale,” he said.
“Everyone is welcome to attend and the launch will be followed by morning tea,” Councillor Hope concluded.