North East campaigners joined Scotland at the Blue milestone on 9th August, for the unfurling of the human peace scarf. Along with the Saltire and lots of bunting, we had pointers to our neighbours, at the Purple and Green milestones.
On 18th September, one more country might be added to the list of those nations who have given up the false security of nuclear weapons!
Here, two of the Scottish coordinators are considering where to base the big knit - a single 6-metre length of knitting that could be worked on simultaneously by a group of knitters. In the end, we had this on the grass, and held a separate length across the road while ringing bells at 1pm for the join up time, followed by a period of silence to remember the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 69 years ago.
North Easterners were lucky enough to have some beautiful woodland to unfurl our lengths of scarf in, while the Scottish lengths were mainly used along the grass verge to the west of our milestone.
Once the scarf was fully joined, we stood for a few minutes of triumph, hope and memory. It was all too brief, but a reminder that today was just the culmination of a protest that has happened mainly in people's living rooms, craft groups, pubs, workplaces, trains and cafes over the last 18 months.
The Scottish rolls of scarf were a sight to behold, so many beautiful parcels of creative inspiration. Once liberated from the coach, much time was spent carrying scarf rolls to fill gaps.
Such was the enthusiasm for the project north of the Tees, that we had far more scarf than we could use in our section. So much of it got loaded into a trailer, to support some of the other groups from nearer Aldermaston/Burghfield, who had arrived with more people but less scarf.
Amidst all the excitement of unfurling the scarf, meeting campaigners and helping to organise the Blue milestone, I was unable to view the scarf lengths until we were rolling them up again at the end of the protest. This was an opportunity for renewed inspiration, as I could see the imagination, skill and love that had gone into making lengths with messages, symbols or just sheer beauty knitted and crocheted into them.
Here are some of the North East group towards the end of the protest, when the scarf was rolled up and folk were beginning to head home.
Thanks to all for the inspiration.