A stitch in time of village history

Three Earsdon WI ladies (l-r) Joyce Shipley, Norma Connolly and Shirley Burns have completed a 10 foot long wall hanging depicting Earsdon in 1942 which combines embroidery and textile.

Three Earsdon WI ladies (l-r) Joyce Shipley, Norma Connolly and Shirley Burns have completed a 10 foot long wall hanging depicting Earsdon in 1942 which combines embroidery and textile.

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A UNIQUE piece of village history has been given a stitch in time thanks to three local residents.

A trio of ladies, all in their 80s, have produced a special ten-foot long by four foot wall hanging representing Earsdon in 1942.

The three – Mrs Shirley Burns, Mrs Norma Connolly and Mrs Joyce Shipley – took 17 months to complete the work as they share their memories of the village 70 years ago through a pictoral representation of embroidery and textile.

The wall hanging has been donated to the Earsdon and Wellfield Community Centre so that the whole community can share in the memories and of the village.

George Bewick, chairman of the Earsdon and Wellfield Community Association, said: “The wall hanging was an outstanding piece of work that will evoke memories throughout the local community.”

The work features representations of all the key landmarks of the village as well as some historic former features including the Phoenix Inn, Stewart’s Shop and the Shiremoor Co-op.