The congregations of Abbey Church in North Berwick, and Dirleton Kirk organised and curated an exhibition of 'Cherished Clothes' which raised £1,570 for the Musselburgh-based children's charity, Teapot Trust.

The display, which ran from Thursday August 4 until Sunday Augist 7 at Abbey Church, attracted more than 700 visitors and was a celebration of dearly loved garments that have been treasured, repurposed or redesigned.

Each exhibit told a story, bringing the garment to life and offered interesting insights into decades of social history.

As well as three exhibition spaces, there was a sale of work based on eco-friendly and natural materials, including quilts, cardigans, dolls, cards and artwork by local artists. To highlight traditional crafts used to make clothes a local spinner gave demonstrations to visitors. Positioned around the exhibition space were quotes from well-known people about eco-fashion, recommended reading and tips for visitors who want to embrace “slow” fashion.

Entry was free with donations to Teapot Trust which provides art therapy to children living with chronic illness. It was chosen in view of the creative connection and its environmental commitment.

Reverend David Graham, parish minister, said: "What a joy to see the preparation for this event brought to life. We were delighted to welcome over 700 visitors – mostly from East Lothian, others from Scotland and each part of the UK and tourists from Europe, north America and the southern hemisphere. The comments received showed how much the stories behind the clothes resonated with visitors."

Caitlin Meagher, supporter engagement manager at Teapot Trust, added: "We’re enormously grateful to Abbey and Dirleton Churches for organising and hosting the exhibit with such thoughtful detail. It’s clear a power of work went into making it a success and, appropriately, the funds raised will benefit our environmentally conscious work – providing art therapy outdoors for children living with chronic illness."