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  Facelift flashback: March 2013 - Facelift TEAms up to give Earl Grey a new look in Newcastle

Facelift flashback: March 2013 - Facelift TEAms up to give Earl Grey a new look in Newcastle

31 March 2019 Email this article

This time six years ago, we were commissioned by Newcastle Citizen’s Advice Bureau for a very unusual task: dressing up the city centre’s Earl Grey monument in a 40ft scarf.

The organisation wanted to dress Earl Grey up in the 40 ft. knitted scarf to help publicise their work providing free and confidential advice 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.

At the time, 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.”