THE history of a notable street in Wellington is being thrust into focus.
People with vivid memories of Mantle Street are being invited to share them with Sally Light, a craftswoman hoping to create a rag rug highlighting the best of days gone by.
Sally is holding weekly sessions to collate recollections of the street, in particular of the old chapel, the Old Sale Rooms and the Wellesley Theatre.
She said: “I recently had a residency at the Old Sale Rooms as a rag rug maker and it was such a massive success.
“I loved hearing customers’ memories and look forward to capturing more, as well as helping individuals add their pieces of fabric into the memory rag rug I’m making.”
Sally, who lives at Rockwell Green, is interested in people with a direct link to the street who have a story to share.
Were you married at the Old Sale Rooms there? Did you attend Sunday school there? Or perhaps you have an amusing anecdote of visiting the auctions when it was Wellington salerooms, not to mention memories of a night at the flicks at the Wellesley.
If so, head down to the Old Sale Rooms on a Monday between 10am and 5pm to share your stories with Sally and complete your own part of the memory rug puzzle.
Sally added: “Some of the stories I hear are fascinating and I hope they shine through in my latest piece of work.
“We are literally and symbolically making history from the fabric of people’s lives so I’d ask visitors to please bring a small scrap that can be added to the rug.”
Sally is also running a braided rug workshop at Wellington Community Centre on White Hart Lane from 10am to 4pm tomorrow (February 28).
For further information, call 01823-617628