All roads lead to Whithorn

Whithorn Primary School "flash mob", who worked with Urbancroft films during their artistic residency, under the "All Roads Lead to Whithorn" project, managed by Whithorn and District Business Association
Whithorn Primary School "flash mob", who worked with Urbancroft films during their artistic residency, under the "All Roads Lead to Whithorn" project, managed by Whithorn and District Business Association

The All Roads Lead to Whithorn project was launched in The Machars with a creative consultation in the community over the past two weeks and has been a massive success.

The project commissioned by Whithorn Business Association and led by Urbancroft Films involved creating a documentary celebrating the skills and talents of Whithorn folk and the past, present and future of their community. The film will also capture life in Whithorn and the Machars in 2013 for future generations to look back on.

Whithorn stalwart Greta Hawthorn is interviewed for the film.

Whithorn stalwart Greta Hawthorn is interviewed for the film.

In addition, they worked in residence in Whithorn Primary School and Douglas Ewart High School exploring the potential for a spectacular event in the town in the future, with the goal of driving economic regeneration and bringing visitors to the area.

The filmmakers were overwhelmed with responses from the community. Project Director Martyn Robertson said: “We worked round the clock to try and cover as many different people as we could. We were really impressed at the level of participation from local people.

“We are looking forward to screening the film in the community later in the year and would like to extend our thanks to everyone for making us feel so welcome in their community.”

A wide range of people and groups were filmed including artists, farmers, tractor drivers, dancers, tai chi groups, knitters, fishermen, the church congregations, boxers and landowners.

The All Roads Lead to Whithorn steering group will now focus on fundraising to host a screening event in the town later in the year, probably at the end of October.

Business Association Secretary Julia Muir Watt said: “We wanted to ensure that everyone in the community had an opportunity to have their ideas heard and create a film that celebrates everything Whithorn has to offer. We’d like to invite anyone interested in shaping the next stage of the project to come and join the steering group.”

Local participant Ethel Brolls commented: “It was a privilege to be involved and the film crew, Martyn and Ian, were just really genuine people.”

Alex Fergusson MSP said: “It is quite clear that the community of Whithorn has embraced the ‘All Roads Lead to Whithorn’ project, and it is equally clear that, like so many others before them, the production team has been hugely impressed by the community of Whithorn. I cannot help but feel that this project is the start of something good, and I look forward to the next stage with eager anticipation.”

Local people are encouraged to keep up to date with the project via the Facebook and Twitter feeds and also via the Whithorn Business Association for news about the next stage of the project.