Knitted creation brings safari to life

The group donating a knitted safari to Simonside Primary  School with, front left, Coun Fay Cunningham and Janet Wylie.
The group donating a knitted safari to Simonside Primary School with, front left, Coun Fay Cunningham and Janet Wylie.

Animal magic was in the air for a group of South Tyneside youngsters – thanks to a group of kind-hearted knitters.

Simonside Primary School in Jarrow is now the proud owner of a knitted safari after members of the WEA Craft group got together to knit a variety of animals for the youngsters.

With the help of residents at Queen Elizabeth Court housing scheme in Brockley Whins, South Shields, and The Grange care home in Boldon, they also created the park itself complete with trees and lorries.

The finished product was gifted to pupils at the school in Glasgow Road to the delight of pupils ahead of the summer break.

The project aimed to showcase to the byoungsters how much fun knitting can be.

Project leader Janet Wylie said: “We have all had so much fun knitting the animals and making the safari.

“It was really nice for us all to go along and present the pupils with the finished project and to see all their faces.

“They were all really excited by it all and were asking questions about knitting and it was nice to hear their interest in knitting.

“It’s probably a project we would look at doing again in the future with our members.”

The project at Queen Elizabeth Anchor House was funded by Ringtons while those at The Grange were funded by the Legacy Fund.

The WEA Craft group holds sessions on Fridays at Talbot Road, Methodist Church, Talbot Road, South Shields, at 2pm.

For information on, the group or forthcoming projects, contact Janet Wylie on 455 4830, 07954 413542 or email 54janet@live.co.uk