Knit­ters get in the swing...

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THE LET­TERS IN OUR photo might look as if they have been painted, but they haven’t – they were cre­ated by knit­ted squares wo­ven to­gether to cover the large, 4ft high let­ters.

Sited on the stone foun­da­tions of the orig­i­nal Bar­ton Aqueduct, they have been cre­ated by Sal­ford knit­ters to cel­e­brate the Bridge­wa­ter Canal and the Bar­ton Swing Aqueduct – hence the word ‘Swingi­est’.

Com­prised of more than 2,000 knit­ted and cro­cheted squares, they are based on the marks stone­ma­sons chis­elled into the canal stonework in or­der to be paid for their work, plus other pat­terns and shapes found along the canal.

“The orig­i­nal stone aqueduct was de­mol­ished in 1893 to make way for big­ger ships on the Manch­ester Ship Canal and the Bar­ton Swing Aqueduct was built to carry the Bridge­wa­ter Canal over the Ship Canal. The aqueduct was, and is, the world’s first and only bridge to swing open while keep­ing hold of its wa­ter,” said Coun­cil­lor David Lan­caster, lead mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­nity safety. “We wanted to cre­ate a unique piece of art to cap­ture peo­ple’s in­ter­est in the canal by bring­ing lo­cal peo­ple to­gether to take a fresh look at their her­itage and learn new skills.”

Artist and ex­pert knit­ter Rachael El­well cre­ated the pat­terns for the de­signs which were then knit­ted and cro­cheted by more than 70 women.

The pro­ject is part of Est. 1761, a pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties as the canal un­der­goes a £ 5.5 mil­lion restora­tion thanks to £3.6 mil­lion fund­ing from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund and con­tri­bu­tions from Sal­ford City Coun­cil and Peel Hold­ings. The re­cent knit­ting pro­ject re­ceived ad­di­tional sup­port from The Booth Char­i­ties.

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