On Friday 26th April, islanders and visitors will be invited down to the Guernsey Information Centre in St Peter Port any time from 11.30am – 5.00pm for the first ever ‘Wear A Guernsey Day’ to raise money for the St Peter Port Lifeboat.
The ‘guernsey’ jumper is a heritage classic that represents a tradition which is still going strong to this day!
Having been knitted on the island of Guernsey since the early 1800s, it has since become famously known across the globe. Originally, fishermen’s wives would knit jumpers for the whole family and pass on their patterns to their children thus making it a very special item for the islanders who owned them. It still very much plays a part in the social fabric of island life, and there are many islanders and families who still proudly wear theirs.
For a £2 cash donation, we are encouraging wearers to come along and have a Polaroid photo taken with friends, family, colleagues or solo. These photos will then form part of a new exhibition looking at the history of the ‘guernsey’, the island’s knitting industry and celebrating great Guernsey people as a whole.
If you don’t have one, then you can purchase on the day. Or simply come along to find out more about a fantastic new book by Caro Drake (titled ‘guernsey with a small g’) that is being launched at the Guernsey Tapestry from Friday 12th April, or try your hand at knitting with a local expert from Creaseys.
The Guernsey Tapestry, Folk & Costume Museum at Saumarez Park and Café Delices in St Peter Port will also match money spent by ‘guernsey’ wearers as a donation to the St Peter Port Lifeboat during the day.
This initiative is kindly supported by Condor Ferries.