The north Norfolk team of knitters doing their bit to help seafarers on national woolly hat day

Knitting needles have been clicking ahead of a national woolly hat day staged by a seafarers' charity.

Friday October 24 is the Mission to Seafarers' woolly hat day, which highlights the important role of the people who man merchant shipping and raises funds for long-standing cause which dates back more than 150 years.

In north Norfolk the Reverend Eiler Mellerup, based in Walcott, organises the Coastal Group of Parishes woolly hat collection among a band of devoted knitters.

'We love the challenge and it is for a very worthy cause', she said.

They include 96-year-old Beryl Kerrison, who topped the local hat tally last year, and said: 'It keeps me busy and I enjoy the challenge and meeting people as well'.

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The Mission is the world's largest maritime charity which helps seafarers in 260 ports worldwide. Each week it receives woolly hats knitted by supporters which are distributed around the globe.

If anyone is interested in knitting a woolly hat they can obtain a free pattern by contacting the Reverend Eiler Mellerup on 01692 651393.

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