A woman from Richmond who answered a public appeal to knit leaves for a giant beanstalk has received a special accolade for being the most prolific leaf knitter of them all!
Pam Myers knitted a total of 250 leaves for a decorative beanstalk that has been constructed at Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal to celebrate this year’s pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk.
The beanstalk can be seen ‘growing’ from the Theatre’s ground floor foyer to the ceiling of its second floor gallery area and is covered with around 2,500 knitted and crocheted leaves of all shapes, sizes and colours.
Clare Allen, Chief Executive of The Georgian Theatre Royal, is delighted with the response to the appeal. “It has been fantastic to see so many leaves pouring into the Theatre and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has so kindly sent in leaves. The pantomime embraces the whole community and it is wonderful to have had so many people involved.
“We thought it would be a bit of fun to make an award to the person who knitted the most leaves and our congratulations go to Pam who has made such an outstanding effort. Many other people also knitted huge numbers of leaves and we are extremely grateful to all those who put their needles together”, she added.
The trophy was kindly donated by CJ Lightfoot Jewellers in Richmond and has been engraved to commemorate the event.
Pam Myers, who won the award, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed making leaves for the pantomime and I even took my knitting on holiday with me. Each one takes around 20-30 minutes to complete so it has all added up to a lot of fun hours! Over the past few weeks, there have been leaves everywhere at home and my husband has even joked that they were taking over the house. But then magic beanstalks are supposed to do that sort of thing aren’t they?!”
The leaf-knitting initiative follows a much-loved tradition of community-based craft campaigns connected to the pantomime. In 2011, over 1,000 bananas were knitted for The Adventures of Sinbad and the following year nearly 3,000 white snowball pompoms were amassed for Babes in the Wood. This year the Theatre has also held a children’s art competition and is currently running a bean-growing competition for the tallest plant grown.
Jack and the Beanstalk runs at The Georgian Theatre Royal from Saturday 5 December until Sunday 3 January 2016. Tickets from £7 to £21 are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or via the online booking service at www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk
PHOTO: Pam Myers (right) and Clare Allen, Chief Executive of The Georgian Theatre Royal, are pictured with the beanstalk that has been created to celebrate this year’s pantomime.