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'Yarn bombing' brings a splash of colour from the churches to Liverpool shops

Churches, community leaders and crafters have proven that Norris Green in Liverpool really is a tight-knit community – by unveiling a ‘Yarn bomb’ on the area’s Strand Shops ...

Churches, community leaders and crafters have proven that Norris Green really is a tight-knit community – by unveiling a ‘Yarn bomb’ on the area’s Strand Shops.

On 13 December, the shops were covered with more than 200 feet of knitted bunting, a 7.5 metre long scarf, finger knitting and numerous other scarves knitted by people from Norris Green. The ‘Yarn bomb’ was installed ahead of a community Christmas event.

The ‘Yarn Bombs’ have been created by members of the community as part of a project involving individuals and other partners, to share an alternative vision for the area and encourage community spirit.

Led by Rev Alastair Prince and Rev Barbara Smith, the project involves local community partners the Liverpool Youth Service, ART Valley, parishioners from the Anglican parishes of St. Cuthbert's, the Parish of the Good Shepherd, St Christopher's, Christ Church Norris Green, St Mary's West Derby, the Catholic Parishes of St Teresa's Norris Green, Our Lady Queen of Martyr's Croxteth, and many others. The project is also supported by the Local Council, Merseyside Police and encouraged by the MP Steven Twigg.

Rev Alastair Prince, Vicar at St Cuthbert's Croxteth Park said: “This project is not simply about focusing on and countering gang violence and gun crime, but rather about expressing a completely alternative vision for the area as a whole.

“The colours and vibrancy of the knitting and the care and attention put into it is an expression of people’s love for their area and their hopes. The act of making the ‘Yarn Bomb’ has also brought members of the community together in conversation about the future of their area and it has led to companionship whilst working together. Young people have described it as meditative and people of all ages have learned new skills. It has been a real community effort.

“People across Norris Green have also donated wool or had a go at the knitting themselves. We have a vibrant and creative community made up of many decent and hard working people – the Yarn Bomb is a way for us to come together and show that to the world around us.”

Pictures: Andrew Smith Photography
 

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