Care home OAPs team up for 450 metre knitting world record bid at busy Saltburn spot - Teesside Live

2022-05-14 21:54:24 By : Ms. Sha Ma

Created by residents from Hazelgrove Court Care Home, the display opened in May

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A group of Saltburn OAPs have teamed up for a knitting world record bid.

Residents from Hazelgrove Court Care Home, located on Randolph Street, joined together with the aim of knitting over 450 meters of sculptures around the perimeter of Emmanuel Church, which can be found on busy Windsor Road.

The knitting team produced 20 dolls to represent charities close to their hearts and covered a variety of themes including the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and the seaside. Despite not reaching the required length for the Guinness World Record, the display was officially opened in Saltburn at the start of May.

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One doll had 'forget me knots' for the Alzheimer’s Society, and others had hats for Brain Tumour Research, odd socks for the Down’s Syndrome Association, butterflies for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, hearts for the Heart Foundation, cornflowers for the Motor Neuron Disease Association, and a pink Pierrette for Breast Cancer Research.

Resident Carol Coppinger, 89, said: “The display is absolutely great. I love all the dolls but the surfboarder is my favourite.”

Joyce Baxtrem, 90, who had knitted the hats for the Brain Cancer Research doll, said: “I liked knitting the hats, but making Pierrette was my favourite as I remember seeing Pierrette and Pierrot at Redcar Sunshine Corner when I was a child.”

Walter Ross, 88, knitted the town crier’s bell, having previously produced dozens of woollen poppies for the care home's Armistice Day display last year. He said: “This is harder than knitting poppies.”

Hazelgrove Court Care Home activities coordinator Sharon added: “Residents loved this project as there were so many things for them to knit. They could choose to do a full knitted sculpture such as Joyce’s Pierrette or parts of each one, such as the town crier's lantern that Walter made.

“It was great taking part in a project with our local community, as part of the Saltburn Platinum Jubilee celebrations. It’s been so meaningful for everyone at the care home. Despite not meeting world record length, residents weren’t deterred in any way, as they’re hugely proud to make the contribution to their local community.”

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