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Join Stroud mum Jaine's peace knitting anti-nuclear protest to create a seven mile pink scarf

By Stroud Life  |  Posted: February 13, 2013

Jaine Rose with the start of her scarf.

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KNITTERS are needed to create a seven-mile pink scarf – all in the name of peace.

Wool Against Weapons is the vision of Stroud artist and activist Jaine Rose.

She is appealing for people to get knitting and help make her vision of a seven-mile-long peace scarf a reality in a protest she has nicknamed guerilla wool-fare.

The scarf will be stretched between atomic weapons factories at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire in August 2014.

The aim is to put pressure on the Government to rethink its plan to spend more than £80 billion pounds on renewing the Trident nuclear weapons programme in 2016.

"I am very excited to be linking up thousands of knitters in a fun protest to send a clear message to our Government that we want to challenge militarism and redirect resources in to health care, education, environment and positive change," said mum-of-two Jaine, 44.

Word has already spread and hundreds of knitters have created pieces of scarf.

But Jaine needs 11,000 pieces of knitting, measuring 60cm by 1m each, to complete the scarf.

"It means for every knitter who gets involved there is going to be a conversation and a question about what our government is doing," she said.

After the sections are unrolled and joined together on August 16, 2014, the scarf will be made into blankets for hospices, emergency relief agencies and war zones.

For details visit www.wool againstweapons.co.uk or contact Jaine on 01453 751 604.

■ Anti-war campaigners have won their near 10-year legal battle against Gloucestershire police.

Up to 159 protesters, many from Stroud, were on coaches which were stopped from reaching RAF Fairford in March 2003.

A judge has ruled police violated their rights.

Gloucestershire's Chief Constable Suzette Davenport said: "The policing of protests has moved on significantly since 2003 and the lessons we have learned have contributed to how protests are managed nationally. I apologise to those who intended to protest peacefully."

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  • AntiWinsor  |  February 17 2013, 5:10PM

    Symbolic acts have immense power. They change the way people think. This scarf will have far more effect than you may expect.

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  • lordigaga  |  February 13 2013, 3:22PM


  • QwertyOS  |  February 13 2013, 3:05PM

    Having been involved in armed conflict, I would love to live in a World where peace and harmony prevail. I would also like to win the lottery but sadly neither will happen. The reason people are able to protest and demonstrate in a democracy is because of the same weapons they are trying to get rid of. Have to admit though, that pink scarf will have the North Koreans shaking in their boots.

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  • Bill_Flaps  |  February 13 2013, 12:02PM

    A big pink scarf? Well if that doesn't stop the global arms race then quite frankly nothing will.

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  • valhalla2010  |  February 13 2013, 10:14AM

    I was anti-nuclear until the last few years when i have adopted a more neutral stance on the matter, having read extensively about the Cold War (not the Wikipedia version). Before I could support such a campaign I would want to hear (from an intelligent person) how they would propose to deal with a nuclear armed North Korea, China and (potentially but less likely) Iran if they started to threaten us. These days I have to admit, the nuclear shield is quite appealing.

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