Knitters’ work is a tonic for the troops


A KNITTING group is appealing for new members to use their nifty needlework skills to help keep troops warn this winter.

A group of women from across the north east, including Forest Hall and Whitley Bay, have been busy knitting as many hats as possible using yarn with a 100 per cent wool content.

These are then sent to Afghanistan to help keep the serving men and women warm in the cold evenings, as temperatures can fall severely due to lack of cloud cover at night.

The group has recently dispatched 700 hats and members are now looking for more volunteers to help carry on the good work.

Group co-ordinator Margaret Fullerton said: “A deployment of around 500 troops leaves every six months for Afghanistan, with the last deployment having just left in September for a six-month tour of duty.

“These women set themselves the task of knitting a hat for each soldier in deployment and I’m proud to say they achieved their target for this first deployment.

“However, the need will continue for each further deployment until our troops are withdrawn sometime in 2014-15.”

The project is supported by needlecraft store Ring a Rosie’s in Whitley Road, Whitley Bay.

Anyone who would like to join in and knit a beanie for a soldier should contact Margaret on 01896 850737 or