A landmark heritage trail for Carrick was launched in Maybole this week which aims to tell the history of the area’s communities.
The Carrick Community Heritage Trail was officially opened at Maybole Town Hall on Wednesday 6 Novembrer.
The project which has been delivered through a variety of funding sources will see 16 communities from across Carrick come together to promote the history and the heritage of the area.
South Ayrshire Council Provost Helen Moonie was in attendance to cut the red tape and expressed her delightat the project.
The provost said: “You only have to listen to the radio or turn on the television to see that people are curious and excited to learn about the past. What is so special about the Carrick Community Heritage Trail is that it was shaped by the local people who know the area, its assets and history best. Whether you have an interest in art, culture, industrial achievement, folklore, wildlife or protecting the environment, there really is something for everyone.”
The heritage project has been driven by the Carrick Community Councils Forum (CCCF), which was formed in 2006 and in turn formed the Carrick Tourism Development Project in 2012.
The first installation of the heritage trail took place in Maybole, the ancient capital of Carrick and remembered the booming shoe industry that used to thrive in the town.
Peter Mason, Chair of Carrick Community Council’s Forum (CCCF) said:
“I am very proud of what the Carrick Tourism Development Project has achieved in just a year.
“The new heritage trail is a great legacy of the community’s commitment and teamwork.
“Every community in Carrick has identified equally exciting stories to tell for local interest as well as for the enjoyment of tourists.
“As a resident of Maybole, I am delighted to see today’s first installation of the stainless steel signs telling the industrial story of the world-famed ‘tackettie boots’ which Maybole supplied to the world.”
School kids from the local Primary schools in Maybole were also in attendance and detailed fascinating facts about the Carrick’s areas history that you might not have known including that the oldest fossil that was ever discovered in the UK was discovered in Girvan.
David Kiltie, former Chairman of Maybole Community Council, instrumental in the development and design of the Maybole heritage trail said:
“The innovative Carrick Heritage Trail project will build tourism and help to bring the rich history of our area to life for a new generation; keeping our heritage alive for many years to come. The trail invites visitors and tourists to explore more of Scotland by creating cultural links with the communities that make up Carrick. The wonderful stories of our past are well worth hearing.”
The Project, part-funded by the Scottish Government and the European Community Ayrshire LEADER 2007-2013 Programme, attracted additional finding from Carrick Futures, Hadyard Hill, South Ayrshire Waste and Environment Trust, South Ayrshire Community Planning, Scottish Power Renewables and SSE. In total, the Project has contributed nearly £200,000 towards boosting tourism in Carrick.
The website www.carrickayrshire.com details the project further whilst a leaflet detailing the connections between the areas should be available in December.