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Darlington is knitted

A knitted version of Darlington has been unveiled following a project to create a wool wall hanging of the town.

More than 40 keen knitters have been clicking their needles since the Wool Town – Knitting Darlington project began in January.

Their three-dimensional wall hanging of the town has been unveiled at the Crown Street Library.

Participants turned up to knitting sessions to chat while they created wool versions of local landmarks such as the Brick Train, Joseph Pease’s statue, the river Skerne, the market building, South Park buildings, the railway lines, the Town Hall, St Cuthbert’s Church, Peases Mill, the Arts Centre, Library, Railway Station, Head of Steam Railway Museum and local houses. Those taking part in the project also knitted trees, flowers and other items.

Sarah Gouldsbrough, project officer from Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum, said: “We’ve had a lot of fun with the project, and I have been amazed at the level of skill that our knitters have.

“I have learnt some new stitches myself, and the group has taught one of my colleagues to knit.

“It has been very sociable with people meeting old and new friends, and being able to take part in making something to go on display around the town.”

After the hanging has been displayed in the library it will be displayed at different sites around the town, including the Head of Steam.

The project was created to let people know more about Darlington’s past in a fun way and was a partnership between Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum, The Centre for Local Studies at Crown Street Library, and GOLD. It was supported by the Museum of Hartlepool and funded through Renaissance in the Regions, administered by the Arts Council England.


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