Woolly dragons take over the Museum of Norwich

Dragon 'knitathon' participant Rosie Miller knits dragons to help fill the windows at the Museum of

Dragon 'knitathon' participant Rosie Miller knits dragons to help fill the windows at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A group of knitting enthusiasts will be mixing fire and yarn this summer to create their own flock of woolly GoGoDragons!

Dragon 'knitathon' participants knit dragons to help fill the windows at the Museum of Norwich at th

Dragon 'knitathon' participants knit dragons to help fill the windows at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

The Norfolk Ninja Knitters have teamed up with the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell to combine the city's textile heritage with the dragon trail. Over the coming weeks they will be creating a variety of cuddly winged beasts of all shapes and sizes to decorate the museum's halls.

Kate Cooper, community history trainee at the museum, said: 'As dragon fever has spread across the city, we thought about the best way that we could get involved, so we linked it with our textile heritage.

'We have around 40 to 50 members signed up to help on our Facebook page and they are creating a range of colourful and cuddly dragons that will eventually want to find a new home.

'There is no need to be frightened, though, as these are all very friendly dragons.'

The knitted creatures come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from 30cm tall beasts to miniature baby dragons that can be attached to a key ring.

In September, the museum will then put them on sale to raise money for the children's charity Break.

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The project is linked with the overall GoGoDragons! trail, which has been turning heads in the city since it was launched almost four weeks ago.

Eighty-four dragon sculptures have been dotted around Norwich, with each one decorated by local groups and artists.

Just a few days after the initial launch, an additional 120 baby dragons were then released around the city. Almost 200,000 trail maps have been given out and people have come from across the country to view the spectacle. The sculptures will stay in the place until September 5, when they are taken away.

The smaller dragons will return to the schools that decorated them, while the larger models will be auctioned in October to raise money for charity. To get involved with the dragon knitting project, people are invited to head down to the museum on Bridewell Alley, Norwich.

The group meets every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm, but people are also welcome to submit their creations.

For more information, search Museum of Norwich Summer Dragon Knitathon on Facebook.

Are you launching a GoGoDragon! themed event? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684

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