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Pam Is Crowned Champion Knitter For The Second Year Running
Monday - December 12, 2016
When The Georgian Theatre Royal put out an appeal for knitted apples that could be used in its pantomime Snow White many people picked up their needles to help, but one lady in particular went that extra mile.

Pam Myers from Richmond knitted a total of 246 apples and in doing so has earned herself the coveted title of Champion Apple Knitter. Her contribution was part of a staggering 2,000 and more apples received by the Theatre in all shapes, sizes and colours. 
This is the second year running that Pam has received the Champion Knitter award having won the title last year for the most number of leaves knit for Jack and the Beanstalk.

Clare Allen, Chief Executive of the Theatre and director of this year’s pantomime, is delighted with the response to the appeal. “It is brilliant to have had so many apples pouring into the Theatre and we are extremely grateful for all the time and effort that has gone into making these beautiful objects. They are not only an essential part of the show but it also makes our pantomime a real community event by involving so many people of all ages.

“To add a bit of extra fun, each year we offer an award to the most prolific knitter and over the last few weeks, there has been some good-natured competition as to who would win. We offer our warmest congratulations to Pam who has produced such a staggering number of apples and would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken part,” she added.

Several contenders for the champion knitter title produced over a hundred a piece and others gave their apples personalities with ears, eyes, noses and multi-coloured leaves. How the apples are actually used in the show itself is, of course, top secret!

Knitting champion Pam Myers said: “I have really enjoyed making the apples for the pantomime and I can now knit an apple with my eyes shut! I started knitting when I was at school and have done a lot over the years. I enjoy knitting for good causes and previous projects have included trauma teddies for ambulances.

“I am also a member of the Richmond WI and many of us have been knitting the apples. We even had apple knitting socials at each other’s houses. We’re hoping to move on to knitting some twiddle muffs for dementia sufferers in the New Year,” she added.

An engraved trophy to commemorate Pam’s achievement was kindly donated by CJ Lightfoot Jewellers in Richmond.

The apple-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. Last year around 2,500 leaves were knitted to decorate a giant beanstalk for Jack and the Beanstalk. The Theatre also runs annual children’s art competitions in connection with the pantomime.

Snow White runs at The Georgian Theatre Royal until Sunday 8 January 2017. Tickets from £8 to £22 are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or via the website at www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk

PHOTO: Pam Myers is pictured on the set of Snow White at The Georgian Theatre Royal with some of her knitted apples.

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