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Former Norfolk builder turn to weaving Harris Tweed

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 June 2010 | UPDATED: 10:36 13 July 2010

Roger Goundry in his Harris Tweed weaving shed in Drinishader, Isle of Harris.

Roger Goundry in his Harris Tweed weaving shed in Drinishader, Isle of Harris.

Anthony Carroll

It is a fabric much loved by country gentlemen and the mastermind detective Sherlock Holmes.

And now Harris Tweed will be having a Norfolk touch as a former builder and bricklayer from the county takes up his loom to help produce the popular range of luxury Outer Hebrides-based clothes.

It is a fabric much loved by country gentlemen and the mastermind detective Sherlock Holmes.

And now Harris Tweed will be having a Norfolk touch as a former builder and bricklayer from the county takes up his loom to help produce the popular range of luxury Outer Hebrides-based clothes.

Roger Goundry, 61, has become one of the next generation of Harris Tweed weavers after he completed a 12-week course in the traditional industry.

Mr Goundry, who has lived in Sutton, Sea Palling and Hickling, has now set up a loom in his shed on the island of Harris and is eagerly waiting to start weaving local produced wool to help create the world renowned clothing range.

For the last six years he has lived on Harris with his wife Ursula, after he decided to move there after he visited his sister on holiday.

At first he worked as a builder on the island but he soon felt he needed a change of job as he got soaking wet on building sites.

Without knowing much about weaving, Mr Goundry signed up to the 12-week Harris Tweed SNQ course run by Glasgow's Cardonald College on Stornoway.

He said: “I knew almost nothing about weaving. I had seen a friend who lives close by doing it before but that was really it. I was also fed up of bricklaying in the rain.

“It was a bit apprehensive on the first day of the course. It was scary but I wanted to give it a go.

“The course was fantastic. It really was a wonderful experience and it has opened up a while new career path to me.”

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