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Knitters in Chester create protest scarf

Published date: 18 June 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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KNITTERS from Chester joined forces with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) to create a seven-mile long protest scarf.

Last weekend knitters from the city met on Foregate Street for a “guerrilla woolfare” knitting session to make a seven-mile long pink scarf to protest against the replacement of the UK’s Trident nuclear weapsons system.

Chester residents have joined the Wool Against Weapons “rewoolution”, supported by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), which will see their pieces of scarf connected with thousands from around the UK to stretch between Britain’s nuclear weapons factories in Berkshire on Saturday August 9.

Wool Against Weapons founder Jaine Rose says she has been overwhelmed by the level of support across the country and beyond – with knitters sending their contributions from as far as South America and the Middle East.

On Saturday, August 9 – which marks the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki – thousands of protesters, including a number from Chester, will descend on the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston and Burghfield to unwind the completed seven-mile scarf.

Campaigners are calling for Trident to be scrapped and its £100bn replacement to be cancelled, arguing that the money would be better spent on the NHS, job-creation, green energy and education.

CND General Secretary Kate Hudson said: “This wonderfully vibrant campaign has really captured the imagination of people from all over the UK and beyond. The protest on August 9 will be a powerful and colourful challenge to the Government’s plans to squander over £100bn on a Cold War weapons system which even many in the military don’t want. Scrap Trident and spend the money on things we need.”

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