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Free Hat Sculpture Trail “Hats Off To Denton” is coming for Half Term.

An artist painting a giant hat for the Denton Hat Trail
8 Feb 2022

The new ‘Hats Off to Denton’ sculpture trail is heading to Tameside for February Half Term.

Organised by Tameside Council in order to honour Denton’s hat-making heritage, the project was launched on Saturday 15 January, National Hat Day. 

The New Hat’s off to Denton Sculpture Trail will feature 15 hat’s, five of them giant and is set to launch on the 19th February, just in time for half term. 

 Hats off To Denton Artist Designed hat Credit Tameside CouncilImage credit – Tameside Council 

The Hat’s will be around Denton town centre until Sunday 13 March, and each hat will be a unique creation painted by a local artist with many inspired by schools and community groups.

Hats off To Denton Giant Hat Credit Tameside CouncilImI Image credit – Tameside Council 

All the artists involved are based in Greater Manchester and several are from Tameside and include  Gordon Banks, Lizzie Rigby, Amina Sheikh and CBeebies artist Vanessa Scott.

Hats off To Denton Artisit with giant Hat Credit Tameside CouncilImage credit – Tameside Council 

Among the participating schools and community groups announced are St Thomas More RC College, Denton Community College, Denton Local History Society, Gibson’s Dance Centre, Denton Brass Band, Beavers and Cubs, The Create Centre and Tameside Air Cadets.

Hats off To Denton Artist Hat Design Credit Tameside CouncilImage credit – Tameside Council 

Denton was a centre of hatting for 300 years and in Victorian times was home to 86 companies. It was also the birthplace of Thomas Bowler, the man who designed the famous hat that bears his name.

The tradition continues even now in the shape of Denton Hats which supplies the trademark Gatsby caps for the popular BAFTA-winning BBC television drama “Peaky Blinders”.

Denton Hats Denton Hat Trail Credit Tameside Council Image credit – Tameside Council 

A statue outside Denton Town Hall called “Tipping the Denton Linney” commemorates the link with the hatting industry which once employed almost half the town’s population.

Hats off To Denton Hat Design Credit Tameside CouncilImage credit – Tameside Council 

Councillor Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for culture, said: “I’m really excited about the “Hats Off” trail. It’s a celebration the entire town can get involved with, allowing people to work alongside some very talented artists who will give expression their ideas.

“Denton was once one of the main hatting centres not just in Britain, but the entire world, and the industry was a source of great civic pride. ‘Hats Off’ provides us with an opportunity to rekindle that pride by showing that creativity and community spirit are still at the heart of what makes Denton such a great place.”

‘Hats Off to Denton’ is funded from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the Welcome Back Fund.

For more information about the Hat Sculpture Trail and where you can find them see here. 

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