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Wednesday, 31 October, 2001, 12:58 GMT
Fishguard tapestry homeless
Fisguard tapestry
Stitching work started on the tapestry in 1993
One of Fishguard's main tourist attractions has closed after four and a half year's on display.

The Last Invasion Tapestry marks the bicentenary of the town's attempted but failed French invasion in 1797 and has been on display in a church hall in the town square since 1997.

But now the lease is up and the church wants the property back.

The first choice as far as I am concerned is that the tapestry should remain in a central part of Fishguard itself

Tapestry Trustee, Bill Fowler
Campaigners are now in the process of trying to find an adequate building to permanently re-house the historic display.

Talks on moving the tapestry to a temporary overseas home either in Ireland or in Fishguard's twin town or Brest in Brittany, has been discussed but no decision has been made.

If no solution is found the work, the work will have to go into storage.

Exhibition worker Eleri Duggan said: "We have had visitors from Namibia, Qatar, Latvia and Argentina from Zimbabwe, an A-Z you can say and they are very appreciative of what they saw."

Fisghuard tapestry
The tapestry's future remains uncertain
Originally the tapestry owners, The Last Invasion Trust, had hoped they would get Objective One and National Lottery funding to build a permanent home for the tapestry in Fishguard.

Trustee Bill Fowler said: "I would like to see it remain in Fishguard.

"There are many alternatives of what might happen to the tapestry, but the first choice as far as I am concerned is that it should remain in a central part of Fishguard itself."

Work started on the 100ft long Last Invasion Tapestry in 1993, which was sewn by 78 volunteers and tells the tale of the invasion of Britain by the French.

The 1797 invasion is said to have been repelled by women dressed as soldiers, led by local woman Jemima Nicholas.

BBC Wales's Laura Jones
"Talks are now underway to find the tapestry a permanent new home"
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