An avid knitter from Deal has recreated the faces of the Dover and Deal Parliamentary candidates. Pat Wilson, 57, of Griffin Street, knitted Conservative candidate Charlie Elphicke and Labour candidate Clair Hawkins after receiving leaflets through her door. Mrs Wilson creates knitted characters for a variety of events and presents them in the window of her home and tweets them from her account @twittingneedles. She said:
“Our local candidates should know better than post leaflets through my door.”
“Clair Hawkins retweeted hers and came and saw it and declared it a bit scary.”
She has also knitted the leaders of the main political parties including Tory leader David Cameron, Labour’s Ed Miliband, the Lib Dems’ Nick Clegg, Ukip’s Nigel Farage and Green leader Natalie Bennett. She said:
“I knitted Natalie Bennett and Nick Clegg and Natalie retweeted it immediately.”
Previously she has knitted lifelike versions of the Royal Family, Olympic medals and her close friends and family. She runs the website dealhighstreet.co.uk which helps to promote the high street, and is a professional web developer. Since posting pictures of the knitted leaders, Mrs Wilson has received lots of interest from online sites such as The Sun and BuzzFeed.
Herne Bay Gazette, April 16th 2015