A 400m scarf has been wrapped around the conning tower of HMS Alliance, the historic WW2 era submarine at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport. The giant scarf is the result of a community project which has involved over 200 local knitters, knitting 1337 squares to make a scarf alleged to keep the historic submarine warm over the winter.
Gareth Brettell, Education Manager at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum said,
“We are very grateful and totally amazed with results from our local knitters. Knitting has a long tradition in the Royal Navy, from the much loved woolly submarine jumpers to mending clothing while at sea. This community project has been a perfect way to develop interest in HMS Alliance”
The Submarine Museum is open to visitors every week from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4.30pm. A visit includes a tour of the submarines with a submariner. HMS Alliance is currently undergoing the final stages of a £7m conservation project which will be complete for Easter 2014. For more information about visiting call 023 92545036 or visit www.submarine-museum.co.uk
Read more about this story and the conservation project on the Submarine Museum's curators blog and in The News' recent article - "Alliance opens as £7m project is ready to go".
Watch our youtube clip with Enid Fletcher, one of the knitters, taking about this community project.
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