Knitters get creative for Alice in Wonderland-themed parade

Paul Shriek with the Friends of North and South Marine Parks.
Paul Shriek with the Friends of North and South Marine Parks.
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Alice in Wonderland is getting a little help from her friends, ahead of her appearance in South Tyneside.

The iconic character, created by Lewis Carroll more than 150 years ago, is being brought to life as part of the South Tyneside Festival Summer Parade 2015.

We are especially excited to be part of this year’s parade which is going to be a real visual spectacle.

Joan Eggleston, Friends of North and South Marine Parks

The event, featuring more than 2,000 participants, will take over the streets of South Shields on Saturday, July 4, with a host of floats, themed entertainment and costumed characters.

To help Alice prepare for her starring role, The Chain Gang knitting group at Woodhouse Court sheltered accommodation in Essex Gardens, South Shields, are knitting her a unique floral bouquet, which she will present to the Mayoress of South Tyneside.

They were joined for a special workshop by members of the Friends of North and South Marine Parks, who are also decorating their own hats, posies and baskets to be carried during the parade.

Joan Eggleston, of the Friends of North and South Marine Parks, said: “We’ve been involved in the South Tyneside Festival Summer Parade since the group launched in 2007, and are thrilled to be stretching our creative muscles again this year.

“We are especially excited to be a part of this year’s parade which is going to be a real visual spectacle.”

The parade, which is sponsored by Careline, is being designed by artistic director, Paul Shriek and his design partner Matt Fox.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “The summer parade is one of the highlights of the South Tyneside Festival and this year will be the biggest yet.

“It is wonderful to see so many community groups getting involved, and I am really looking forward to see what the Woodhouse Court residents, the Friends of North and South Marine Parks and the other participants have been able to create.”

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