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Mystery knitters of Spalding Womble have been revealed

The mystery knitters behind a tribute to the Wombles of Spalding Common have been revealed.

Jan Neale and Carol Usher are residents at Georgian Court, where a knitted womble appeared last week.

After a call was issued for the creators to reveal themselves, the pair have come forward to claim credit for the artwork.

Jan Neale and Carol Usher pose with their knitted womble. (47538712)
Jan Neale and Carol Usher pose with their knitted womble. (47538712)

Carol said: “Well, the Wombles have been doing a lot to clean up Spalding. We just wanted to thank them for all the hard work they have done in our community.”

“We thought, ‘what could we do?’ That’s when the idea of knitting a womble came to us.”

Carol and Jan may be familiar faces to readers who remember their previous knitting jobs. Over a number of years, they worked on various projects - including penguins, Father Christmas and The Queen.

However, they were forced to stop when trees they used to hang their knittings on at the River Welland were removed.

Now back in business, their womble took one week to complete. Jan spent time drawing up plans and using them as a reference during the knitting phase, when she was joined by Jan and one other friend.

Jan said: “We had help from our friend Kitty as well, who is 95. She knitted the scarf, so we thought that she deserved a mention.”

The tribute was first reported last Friday, and can be seen when walking or driving on Haverfield Road.

Jan and Carol also revealed that Mike Batt, the original creator of the Wombles in the 1970s, responded saying he was “impressed” with their project.

The Wombles of Spalding Common have been attempting to boost litter-picking and recycling in the area since the start of the year.

The group began by enlisting help from volunteers in a bid to improve and increase their reach across the town.

During the past few weeks, they have teamed up with local schools to further increase their efforts.

Pupils at Monkshouse Primary School and Wygate Park Academy have been among those to join forces with the Wombles.

They have now been honoured in inspiring fashion by Jane and Carol, who said: “It was nice to mark the sign saying thank you as well.”

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