Following the success of the 2019 ‘Wear a guernsey Day’ to celebrate the traditional ‘guernsey’ jumper and raise funds for the St Peter Port Lifeboat, this unique event will be returning on Thursday 19th November.
A ‘guernsey’ is a knitted jumper that has been traditionally made in Guernsey since the early 1800s. It was originally worn by fishermen due to its resilience and has since become an important item of clothing that many people from all across the world are proud to own. Fishermen’s wives would knit jumpers for their families and the skill has been passed on through generations, so these garments hold a special place in the hearts of islanders.
Today, the jumpers are world-renowned, and are particularly popular in the USA and Japan. They are still in production thanks to the efforts of two on-island businesses: Guernsey Woollens and Le Tricoteur.
‘Wear a guernsey day’ will take place at the Guernsey Information Centre on Thursday 19th November 10am - 3pm, and there will be a competition with prizes, stalls and lots more.
Be sure to follow Guernsey Woollens' Facebook for updates and more information nearer the time.