VISITORS to the Washburn Valley are being urged to see a special display of bunting while they still can.

The Washburn Stitchers created more than 100 colourful pennants, commemorating marriages at Fewston Church, for Washburn Heritage Centre's current wedding-themed exhibition.

The church's records show that more than two thousand weddings were held there between the 16th Century and the present day, and the pennants represent some of the couples involved.

The choice of the colours used and the information that has been sewn onto each one is explained in the exhibition, which is open each weekend at the centre, in Fewston, until the end of September.

The bunting project was designed by Maureen Fackrell and assembled by Johanne Boyle.

It was hand stitched by: Jane Austick, Anna Boyle, Johanne Boyle, Liz Carnell, Lyn Cadmore, Maureen Fackrell, Margaret Hartley, Angela Mason, Samantha McCaughan, Kath Murrie, Di Oldham, Hazel Pullan, Jose Rhodes, and Henrietta Ryott.

Maureen Fackrell said: "This project has really inspired the Washburn Stitchers, who made the Fewston Assemblage hanging last year.

"Some of them have been able to represent members of their own families who have been married here, and one of the group even made a pennant for her own wedding!

"One person said to me 'I love bunting and this project just captured my imagination'.

"Everyone has put their own personal touch to it, and I think the bunting looks fantastic displayed in the centre."

The weddings exhibition, which opened in June, will be replaced by a new display in the autumn about the impact of the two world wars on the local community.