Guardsmen’s parade forever captured in artist’s work

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Artwork commemorating last month’s visit by the Regimental Band of the Scots Guards to Rotherham will feature in the next phase of the Gallery Town project in the town centre.

On Burns Night, the band marched through the town centre in their traditional bearskin hats and grey coats, before performing a display in All Saints’ Square.

They then performed at a fundraising event at the Magna centre, during which around £20,000 was raised for Phase, a charity that helps remote Himalayan communities, and The Scots Guards Colonel’s Fund, which supports injured guardsmen.

On the day, a piece of art was unveiled which features images of marching soldiers alongside words from the Robert Burns ballad The Soldier’s Return.

That piece of work, by artist Emma Haigh, will now feature in the next part of Gallery Town.

Ms Haigh said: “It was an honour that my work was chosen as the winning piece.

“Seeing it displayed in such a fashion is possibly the most exciting experience as an artist and producing it in aid of such a prestigious event for Rotherham makes it so special.”

Gallery Town, an open-air art gallery around Rotherham, already features 60 pieces of work.

Nick Cragg, who is spearheading the Gallery Town project, said: “Emma’s artwork is a fitting tribute to an event that was unique to Rotherham.

“By adding the piece to the Gallery Town collection, it will serve as a reminder for the local community and visitors to the town centre of what was a proud day for Rotherham.”