CLACKS residents are being invited to tell their tales about the area's industrial past in a story-driven project.

Set to celebrate the launch of the Clackmannanshire Tapestry and Scotland's Year of Stories 2022, Alloa Hub is seeking residents who have a story about the Patons, coal mining, brewing or weaving in the area.

Those interested will have the chance to discover more about storytelling with Wee County group Hillfoots Tales before sharing their tale in a recording session this November.

Stories recorded will be used to bring to life heritage walking tours being developed across the county, set to showcase the area's unique industrial heritage to visitors and residents alike.

Andrew Davis, members and communities lead officer at Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface and the man behind the Alloa Hub project, said: “Alloa and Clackmannanshire has a substantial heritage.

“It has a unique story to tell with strong connections and physical history to the former royal court at Stirling, the Jacobite movement and Clackmannanshire could arguably boast being the cradle of the Scottish industrial revolution.

“However, this heritage is now largely untold and unknown to both residents and tourists.

“The Andrew Crummy designed Clackmannanshire Tapestry celebrates Clackmannanshire’s rich history and provides the inspiration for this project, four of its panels depict the Patons, coal mining, brewing and weaving.”

The panels will be brought to life through four heritage walking and bike tours along with associated digital resources.

The story of the Patons of Alloa will be told through the Speirs Centre, Paton's School, their former factory, Greenfield House, Inglewood House and the Liberal Club all in Alloa.

Coal mining will be brought to life via the Waggonway, the pit heads at Sauchie, Gartmorn Dam, Alloa Harbour as well as the towns of Tullibody and Clackmannan.

The importance and brewing and glassmaking, one of the industries surviving to this day, will be told through the Old Brewery and the glassworks at Lime Tree.

Synonymous with weaving, the Hillfoots towns will showcase the story of the industry though the mills and glens found in each village.

The hub will be collaborating with existing heritage and storytelling organisations in Clacks.

Andrew added: “We also want to discover new storytellers in Clackmannanshire who will link the heritage of Clackmannanshire to its culture, we especially want to involve Clackmannanshire’s New Scots to connect the story of Clackmannanshire to the present and will invite Forth Valley Welcome and CSREC to support our engagement with the New Scot community in Clackmannanshire.”

Workshops will take place in November for those interested.

Those with a story to share or wishing to take part can contact Andrew via or 07563 602936.