They're at it again! Ripon's knitters swap poppies for cycling jerseys

They're at it again! Ripon's knitters swap poppies for cycling jerseys

Published at 7:01am 20th June 2019.

Main picture: Carol Dunkley, Stuart Martin and Hazel Barker with some of the knitted bunting

Knitters are busy in Ripon once again, this time to help celebrate the upcoming UCI Road World Cycling Championships. 

Following on from the city's highly successful Community Poppy Project, thousands of knitted cycling jerseys are being made.

They'll be made into bunting and put on display in August ready for the Road World Cycling Championships, which will take place between 22-29 September.  

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Dorothy Moorland and Jan Hymas busy knitting the decorative jerseys

The knitted pattern depicts the famous rainbow jersey which the world's top riders will be trying to win during the championships. 

Nearly 3,000 have already been knitted. 

Carol Dunkley, who's part of the Ripon Community Poppy Project said: 

"It originated from Neil at Moonglu Cycles, he wanted to decorate Ripon in the world cycling colours. 

"It was a "can you just", and we have! 

"At the moment we've got between two and three thousand little jumpers coming in from all parts of the country."

Hazel Barker, who also helps coordinate the project, is encouraging other communities to do the same. 

Hazel said: 

"We would like everybody, all over the route, to knit jerseys.

"We've got loads and loads of people who are knitting individually or in groups. the community at large are on board and it's fantastic. 

"It's a good community thing for any town or village to do."

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Thousands of jerseys have already been created

The project also has a special plan for the jerseys once the cycling event is over. 

Councillor Stuart Martin from the Community Poppy Project said: 

"All the bunting will be collected back in and the smaller ones will be knitted into blankets. 

"The larger ones will be sent to third world countries, I'll be taking some myself to Madagascar. 

"They'll be used for babies that have no clothing." 

Last year's Community Poppy Project, which involved thousands of knitted poppies being put on display across the city to commemorate World War One, was hailed as a huge success. 

Businesses reported an increase in tourists coming to see the display. 

Now organisers hope this project will have the same effect.

Stuart added: 

"The hope is it'll drive footfall for Ripon but also the district as well. 

"We want people to come to the district and see what the district has to offer. 

"The community in Ripon is doing their bit to try and attract as many tourists as we possibly can."

If you want to help knit, you'll find the pattern and more information by clicking here

You can drop off any knitted jerseys at The Wakeman's House Cafe or Moonglu Cycles on Blossomgate