Knit one, twirl one for the wonderful woolly carousel

Ann Galey and Jacqueline Crawford with their knitted carousel.Picture: James Bass

Ann Galey and Jacqueline Crawford with their knitted carousel.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Charity knitters are looking for help to ensure their colourful carousel turns a profit for a local good cause.

The fairground favourite has taken two friends three months of precise, painstaking work - but despite being delighted with the results there is one vital feature missing.

Although the pipe-cleaner, posable figures seem to be enjoying a ride on the gallopers, one apparently bobbing up and down next to the other, the creation needs a motor to make it spin.

Some colourful lights would also be a nice touch.

But the engineering element is beyond the talents of Ann Galey and Jacqueline Crawford who are hoping to find someone who can make the woolly wonder whirl.

Mrs Galey, 76, said making the carousel had been a long-held dream - fulfilling a personal and charity challenge.

Creating it threw up a raft of technical problems, but it was fun over-coming them and working out how to achieve their goal.

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Alan Dart, a well-known name in knitting circles, was able to supply a unicorn pattern which formed the basis for the horses with a few adjustments, but most of it was trial and error.

Working as a crack crafting team it was Mrs Crawford, of Beaumont Park, Bradwell, who did much of the knitting while Mrs Galey, in nearby Homefield Avenue, stitched the figures together and made all the fiddly extras like saddles, manes and reins, even giving one of the riders a candy floss and the attendant one of her own gold studs.

They hope to exhibit the piece and possibly take it on tour across local events and fetes but would love to see it working, possibly with a slot for donations.

Having been in touch with Joyland on Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile it was possible technical folk there could help the merry-go-round go round.

Nevertheless they are still keen to hear from mechanically-minded people who could do the job, preferably for free.

Great-grandmother Mrs Galey, who did 20 years in the sewing room at Gorleston’s James Paget Hospital and has always raised money to support its work, hopes the carousel will raise money for the Louise Hamilton Centre.

Previously she has made a chessboard, numerous ducks, golfers and clowns.

The couple’s next project is to knit the Hippodrome Circus and the Queen with her coach and horses.