Great Yarmouth grandmother’s knitted pond raising charity funds and smiles

PUBLISHED: 09:21 10 January 2015

Margaret Seaman has knitted a pond to help raise funds for the Louise Hamilton Centre.

Margaret Seaman has knitted a pond to help raise funds for the Louise Hamilton Centre.

Fish swim happily under the clear water while brightly coloured flowers bloom beside them and oriental statues stand guard.

Margaret Seaman has knitted a pond to help raise funds for the Louise Hamilton Centre.Margaret Seaman has knitted a pond to help raise funds for the Louise Hamilton Centre.

The tranquil scene of a garden pond and tenderly manicured plants, with its many colours and attention to detail, could easily be mis-
taken for a painting, sketch or clay-modelled sculpture.

But it is in fact an altogether more woolly picture, having been painstakingly knitted by a former Ormesby resident in memory of her late husband.

Margaret Seaman decided to recreate the pond and garden so loved by her husband Fred completely in wool, and her crafty creation is now raising money for charity when she puts it on public display.

Mrs Seaman, 85, got back into knitting when Fred died in February 2013 aged 83 from prostate cancer.

Margaret and Fred SeamanMargaret and Fred Seaman

After his death Mrs Seaman moved in with her daughter Patricia Wilson in Lawn Avenue, Great Yarmouth, who encouraged her to join a knitting club run by the Louise Hamilton Centre - and from their her crafty skills took off.

Patricia, 66, said: “I persuaded her to go and she really enjoyed it. They were knitting these little animals and my mum decided she’d knit Easter ducks and raise a bit of money.

“She raised a few hundred pounds and carried on working. She was making leaves and flowers for an autumn scene and then she said ‘I’ve had an idea, I’d like to knit a replica of your dad’s pond’.

“Quite honestly I thought how on earth is she going to do that?”

After buying materials and wool her stitching began in earnest. Working from memory and without patterns Mrs Seaman, a grandmother of 10 and great grandmother of 12, recreated the entire pond scene complete with hanging baskets, fencing and patio paving.

It took her four months to finish and she now proudly displays the intricate scene in the foyer of the James Paget Hospital, delighting visitors while collecting money for the Louise Hamilton Centre.

To date, her knitting needle efforts have raised more than £3,000 for the centre and she hopes to further boost her target this year.

Patricia said: “It’s absolutely amazing and people are loving it. You have only got to stand there with my mum and hear the people come up, they say it’s brilliant. Some people have come from Beccles to have a look and another lady had heard about it and brought her husband in to see it.”

Mr Seaman, who together with his wife ran a business supplying children’s rides and amusements to tourist venues and attractions, was dedicated to his pond, which he created in the garden of the family home in Thurne Way. Patricia added: “He did love his pond, it’s a fitting tribute to him.”

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