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  Flackback: Facelift gives Earl Grey a new look in Newcastle

Flackback: Facelift gives Earl Grey a new look in Newcastle

2 April 2017 Email this article

This time four years ago, in March 2013, Facelift was called in to help one of the North East’s best-loved statues try out a new look.

Newcastle Citizens’ Advice Bureau gave us a call when they wanted to dress up the Earl Grey monument in Newcastle city centre in a scarf of dizzying dimensions to help publicise their work in the city.

The scarf, in CAB’s brand colours of blue and yellow was hand-knitted by a volunteer from a local wool shop. It was made up from over a quarter of a million individual stitches, in 3000 rows. 

Shona Alexander, Newcastle CAB Chief Executive, said “Many people worry about bills at this time of year, and we want to help. Our advice is free, impartial and confidential. Big welfare reforms are on the way, particularly changes to Housing, Disability and Council Tax benefits, and we want to let people know about them. Earl Grey was a big social reformer, and we think he would want to help us in this work.”