Shoals of fun for knitters helping out cultural project

Morpeth Library Knitting Group take part in the 'Follow the Herring' project.'REF 1203144911
Morpeth Library Knitting Group take part in the 'Follow the Herring' project.'REF 1203144911
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A knitting group in Morpeth has played its part in showcasing the heritage of coastal communities.

The Follow the Herring themed tour celebrates and highlights the shared rich fishing, boat building, and knitting culture of the east coast. Its key elements will be a visual arts exhibition and drama production (Get Up and Tie Your Fingers).

A full scale replica of a 20ft coble fishing boat – made by the North East Maritime Trust – will be on display at each stage of the tour and it will be swathed from fore to aft in knitting.

In addition, the scene surrounding the boat will be set and brought to life by knitted and handcrafted pieces from knitting and craft groups in a number of towns and villages.

The members who meet in Morpeth Library on Wednesdays, pictured above, were encouraged to take part by staff from The Customs House arts centre in South Shields, which has organised the tour with the Guild of Lillians Theatre Company.

They have been making woollen herring and cutting up plastic bags, sheets and other fabrics to knit with wool in order to create some colourful sea scenery.

One of the members, Susan Smith, said: “It has been quite interesting for us because we needed to source a range of materials that we are not used to using for knitting and it was a good challenge having to cut them up so they could be knitable.

“Hopefully, we will be able to go along and see the exhibition when it comes to South Shields next month.”