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Knitting for peace in Todmorden

Knitters will hold a 'knit-in' on Sunday to protest against increased spending on nuclear weapons.

Knitters will hold a 'knit-in' on Sunday to protest against increased spending on nuclear weapons.

Knitters and crocheters from around Calderdale will gather at Cheeky Sew & Sew Cafe tomorrow to encourage people to knit ‘a piece for peace’ in a protest against increased spending on nuclear weapons.

The Todmorden event, organised by Yorkshire CND, will contribute to a planned 7-mile pink scarf that will stretch from AWE Aldermaston to Burghfield, the two UK Atomic Weapons Establishment sites in Berkshire, as part of the Wool Against Weapons demonstration on August 9.

There will be examples of the bright pieces of scarf already knitted and people will be encouraged to ‘knit a row’, knit a square, or begin their own piece of the peace scarf.

Catherine Bann, a Yorkshire CND campaigner, said: “We’ll be bringing colour, creativity and a message of peace to Todmorden.

“Knitting this scarf is a great way of bringing people together to discuss the important issues of the day and I believe none is more important than the Government’s plan to waste over £100 billion of tax payers money on illegal weapons of mass destruction.

“So come down and show your support, bring your needles and pink yarn, our scarf is already 120 metres and counting.

“The idea to make this human scarf against nuclear weapons has really caught on in our region and we’re hoping not only to create a huge section of scarf in Yorkshire, but to get hundreds of people down to the big demo on 9th August at AWE Aldermaston”

The ‘Knit-in’ will take place tomorrow from 11am - 1pm, for more information visit www.woolagainstweapons.co.uk

 

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