Primary school children knit the length of iconic Northampton landmarks totalling a huge 1,400 metres

Children as young as four took up knitting and managed to complete landmarks such as The Lift Tower and the Silverstone start straight

Friday, 14th May 2021, 10:10 am
The children led their finger knitting to the village church. Photo: Kirsty Edmonds.

A group of primary school children have taken part in an impressive challenge whereby they knitted the length of iconic Northampton landmarks.

Guilsborough Primary School children, ranging in age from four to 11, knitted the length of the Northampton Town Football Club pitch, between the posts at Franklin’s Gardens, the height of the Lift Tower, the start straight at Silverstone and more.

The challenge aimed to give the 130 children who took part a new skill, as well as down time and a way to raise money for the schools parent teacher association (PTA).

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The knitting spanned an impressive 1,400 metres. Photo: Kirsty Edmonds.

Polly Major from the PTA said: “It was a new fundraising challenge we came up with for all the children to get involved in.

“All the classes had a challenge to knit a different landmark. Some had to knit around a fire engine as we have a local fire station here now and others had to do the football pitch.

“The knitting has also helped the children’s wellbeing. They have had a difficult year with Covid so this has given them some time out to relax and for it to be therapeutic.

“The children have said it has been beneficial and rewarding, and they have also learned a new skill.”

On Wednesday (May 12), some of the children who took part walked their finger knitting project from the school to the village’s church.

All together the knitting spanned an impressive 1,400 metres.

Polly added: “The idea was to walk the knitting to the church to bridge the gap between the primary school and the church.

“For some children, going to the church is the first time they’ve been out for ages because of Covid so it was great to see them there and laughing.

“It was lovely to see and it was a thoroughly enjoyable event for all.

“It was also amazing to see the great effort from the children with how far their knitting reached.”

As part of the challenge, the children all received a sponsorship form and in total the event raised just under £400 for the PTA, thanks to support from pupils’ friends and relatives.