The owners of Morecambe’s Little Shop of Hobbies, along with the help of people far and wide, have knitted over 500m of scarf in aid of St John’s Hospice, in Morecambe FC colours.
The project, which started 3 years ago, was the brainchild of shop owners Barbara Boyd and her daughter Vicky Boyd-Power. During a meeting of their fortnightly Knit & Natter group, Barbara suggested they try and knit a Morecambe FC scarf that could go around the pitch. It was the beginning of a heart-warming story of people coming together and overcoming many obstacles along the way, whilst raising money for local charity St John’s Hospice.
Barbara’s daughter Vicky explains a little about the project, “the scarf has been knitted by people of all ages from 7 to 97 and from all over the UK. Parts have event been knitted in Spain! After a break last year due to illness, we started up again and one very kind lady, Jackie Atkins from Stoke, knitted a whopping 50 metre length for us, and has just presented us with another 50 metres! The support has been incredible.”
Earlier this month, Morecambe manager Jim Bentley popped down to the shop to say thank you and to take a look at this famous scarf, “it’s fantastic! The hard work that Barbara, Vicky and numerous volunteers have put in is incredible, and it’s great that the fans will have the opportunity to see it. It’s always great to see people in the community get behind the club and it will be brilliant to see the reaction of everyone when they see it. All for a great cause too.”
With over 500m knitted, and over £500 raised, the club have invited Barbara and Vicky to unveil the scarf before kick-off at the Morecambe V Luton Town match at the Globe Arena on Tuesday 26th September, with the help of hospice volunteers and 16th Morecambe Cub Scouts. The game has a little extra significance as our very own Eric Morecambe was a big Luton Town fan!