1st Oct, 2020

300 stitchers needed to create train tapestries to toast Worcestershire Rail Partnership's anniversary

Ross Crawford 12th Jul, 2020

A RALLYING call has been issued for 300 volunteer stitchers to help create two 11.5m long Community Artworks featuring trains.

Stitch Train Worcestershire will create 18 tapestry train artworks for display at stations across the county in the autumn.

After display, all the trains will be linked to form two massive trains – each 11.5m long – to be exhibited initially at the Worcestershire Community Rail Partnership anniversary event in November.

Each volunteer will be sent a free kit with all they need to create one of the tapestry pieces which will be combined to form first the station artwork and then the trains.

Full instructions will be included so even total beginners can feel confident of producing artwork to be proud of.

Peter Chapman from the Worcestershire Community Rail Partnership said: “Thanks to funding from the Community Rail Network the Partnership has a wonderful opportunity to brighten up the County’s stations by involving those who use them.

“I can’t wait to see the completed trains.”

Paul Webster from the Community Rail Network added: “The Network is glad to have been able to support the project.

“We are always happy to be actively involved in the work of our CRPs. Seems to me to be an ideal lockdown activity.”

And Brenda Lawrence, head of stations at West Midlands Railway, said: “We take great pride in making our stations a colourful and welcoming environment for our customers.

“This innovative idea from the Community Rail Partnership offers a great way for our passengers to get involved in brightening up their local station from the comfort of their homes.

“It is also a fantastic way to celebrate the much-anticipated arrival of our smart new diesel trains and we look forward to seeing the results later this year.”

More information can be found at https://wcrp.org.uk/stitchtrain/

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