Thursday 19 October 2017

Knitted coat may be world's largest

Children and parishioners in Stockport are waiting to find out if they have broken the record for the largest coat yet
Children and parishioners in Stockport are waiting to find out if they have broken the record for the largest coat yet

Children and parishioners are waiting to find out if they have broken the world record for the largest coat ever made, after a mammoth community knitting project.

The coat was made as part of a project for the annual festival at St George's Church and Primary School in Stockport, Cheshire.

It is made up of nearly 8,000 knitted panels and measures 42ft 6in high and 18ft 2in wide, beating the measurements of the current world record held by a coat made in the Ukraine.

Youngsters were taught how to knit by older members of the church and the project started last September, after a performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, based on the biblical story of Joseph and his "coat of many colours".

Chris Dawson, from St George's Church festival committee, said: "We originally planned to have 3,000 squares. It just kept growing and growing."

The coat was hung up in the church and will now be entered for a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

It will eventually be taken apart and given to charity to make blankets.

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