Helping to save jute connections

A FERRY film-maker will be exhibiting her work in support of a charity concert later this month.

Daphne Barbieri will be presenting her four films about the on-going restoration project of the Scottish Cemetery in Calcutta on Saturday, May 18, in the Marryat Hall at the Caird Hall, Dundee.

The film presentation will be followed by a concert entitled ‘Shiftin’ Bobbins’ performed by the Dundee Strathspey and Reel Society.

They will be joined by guests including Sheena Wellington, the Fife Strathspey and Reel Society and compere Jimmy Spankie.

Like Angus and Dundee, Daphne’s family has been involved in the jute trade since the early 20th century. She explained: “There are quite a number of people in the Scottish Cemetery who came from Monifieth, Arbroath and all this sort of area.

“Dundee was a jute city and an awful lot of people went out there to work in or run jute mills in Calcutta. Quite a lot of them died out there and at that time it was too expensive to bring the bodies back from there.

“I have been making a film about the cemetery each year since 2008 and have four views of how it has progressed. It was originally like a jungle and although it’s not now it is still a very long term project.”

Tickets are available for the concert on the door at £12 or £10 concession or from the box office on 01382 434940.