An angelic initiative

Rev Ron Forster and Patricia Gatherum with some of the knitted angels. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Rev Ron Forster and Patricia Gatherum with some of the knitted angels. Picture by Jane Coltman.

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A plethora of Morpeth residents will soon be in for an eye-catching festive surprise.

As part of an initiative by the United Reformed Church (URC) and Methodist churches in the North East, members and friends of St George’s URC in the town have been knitting angels in different shapes and colours.

Each one will have a little label round their neck asking people to take them home for Christmas and they will be individually bagged.

Tomorrow and over the weekend, the angels will be left in various places across Morpeth town centre and surrounding areas.

Last Sunday, they were dedicated by the Rev Stuart Brock at a service in the church.

One of the knitters, Patricia Gatherum, said: “The ethos of this initiative is to spread a little bit of festive joy and show the true meaning of Christmas.

“The St George’s Church members and friends will choose themselves where to put the angels, although I can say that quite a few of them will be placed in public locations where people tend to sit as we hope that many of the angels will be taken home by people who live on their own, particularly those who are feeling lonely.

“We have created a range of angels – some have smiley faces, others have sparkling wings and there are also some baby angels.

“Bright colours have been chosen for many of them and a few of them are in Newcastle United colours. I really enjoyed knitting the ones I did.

“The church is very grateful that so many people have volunteered their time to help out with this initiative.”