Local charity the Barony A Frame Trust, was celebrating last Friday when the Minerals Trust approved funding for a proposed ‘Heritage Weekend’.
‘We’re very pleased that the funding has been allocated to us. The Minerals Trust was supportive of the restoration of the A Frame so it’s reassuring that we have continuing backing to undertake events at the site and take the A Frame Trust into the next stage of development.’
Barney Menzies, Chair of the Barony A Frame Trust
Following a decision by the A Frame Trust to hold an event to mark the 50th Anniversary of the pit disaster, discussions were held with staff from East Ayrshire Youth Theatre with the aim of having young people at the heart of the event. The resulting project will be a celebration of the art and heritage of mining communities which will involve a dramatic performance written and produced by local young people with guidance from a professional writer. Youngsters from the Youth Theatre will have access to historic material and Oral History recordings held by the barony A Frame Trust, to provide background information for the production.
In addition to working with the Youth Theatre the A Frame Trust is involving local schools in the event. Schoolchildren will be working with local poets and artists to produce work for display or performance over the Heritage weekend.
‘The Trust decided to hold the event in June rather than the actual anniversary of the disaster in November simply because the weather will be better suited to open air performances. We hope to host a range of activities on the A Frame site over the Heritage weekend that will engage adults and children either as performers or audience members. The aim is to create a real community event.’