Knitting needles click in Kendal weapons protest

IN THE PINK: Knitters campaign against weapons in Kendal

IN THE PINK: Knitters campaign against weapons in Kendal

First published in News

KENDAL Quakers with help from visiting Friends have created 24 metres of pink knitting for a national Wool Against Weapons protest.

The 100cm by 60cm shawls have been produced at home and in Tuesday get-togethers at the Kendal Meeting House Cafe.

“Wool Against Weapons” is part of Action Awe, a UK-based grassroots campaign dedicated to banning nuclear weapons, supported by CND.

It is part of a larger campaign calling on the Government to cancel the £80bn proposed renewal of the Trident Nuclear Weapon programme and play a positive role in global disarmament.

The project has been enthusiastically supported by Quaker knitters throughout the UK, all contributing to a seven mile long peace scarf. This will be unrolled between the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire on Saturday (August 9), the anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing.

It is anticipated that up to 50,000 people will participate on the day. The scarf will be all linked up by 1pm and then two minutes of silence will be broken by a great ringing of bells that will flow along from Aldermaston to Burghfield. Afterwards the shawls will be repurposed into blankets for local hospices, emergency areas and war zones.

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