Watford knitters put finishing touches to 22-metre-long 'peace scarf'

Watford knitters put finishing touches to 22-metre-long 'peace scarf'

Watford knitters put finishing touches to 22-metre-long 'peace scarf'

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Knitters and crocheteers from Watford Quaker Meeting and the Teabreak group at St Peter’s Church, north Watford, completed a 22-metre-long scarf as part of the Wool Against Weapons Campaign.  

Their scarf was handed over on Monday to Lush in intu, Watford, to be sent off to join a seven-mile-long knitted "Peace scarf" to stretch between Atomic Weapons Establishment sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire, where nuclear weapons are made.

Then, on Nagasaki Day (Saturday, August 9)  the scarf will be finally joined and unfurled to fanfares of drums, whistles and cheers, in a peaceful protest that is part of a larger campaign, including CND, to put pressure on the government to ditch a planned £80bn spend on renewing the Trident nuclear weapons campaign.

Knitters throughout the UK - and beyond - have been working on the project since December 2012.  

Quakers have a long standing commitment to peace through their peace testimony and so did not hesitate to get involved. 

The Teabreak group, organised by Cathy Heath, were delighted to have a project in which they could have fun and work together.  

After the protest, the scarf will be taken apart and turned into blankets for local hospices, emergency shelters and war zones.

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