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KIDS and grannies are getting on well — you could say they are really knitting together.

That’s the view after the launch of a new project: Stitch Through Time.

Run by the Kirkton Service, day opportunities for older people, the project is helping older folk to teach schoolchildren how to knit.

The project is seen as a positive way to provide a structure and a sense of purpose to older people’s week — while also giving a unique, social outlet for older and younger generations to mix together.

There’s a therapeutic aspect to the activity which also values the skills of older people and allows the young to see the merits of their own work.

The project is intent on knitting squares which will then be used for creating teddy bears or blankets.

One 86-year-old, Maureen Petrie, has been teaching the children how to knit.

Maureen said: “I’m enjoying every moment of it. The children are so keen to learn, are enthusiastic and a joy to teach.”

Pupil Amy Grey of Carlibar primary 7, said: “I liked the older ladies helping us. It was my first time trying knitting and it was really good.”

And the boys got in on the act too.

Ten-year-old Peter McCandlish, also a Carlibar pupil in primary 7, said: “I enjoyed learning a lot about history and World War 2.”

It is hoped that this is the first step towards many more and varied projects involving younger and older folk that the Kirkton Service is planning.