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Published June 24th 2020
Prepare to knit rainbows in tribute to community spirit
A new Mayor has been appointed in the Staffordshire town of Tamworth. And she has begun her term in office by inviting local residents to sign up to a series of online events and home projects, starting with an appeal to 'get knitting'. The new Mayor, Councillor Rosemary Claymore, who was handed her 'virtual' civic chains during an online council meeting, is eager to start off her mayoral year promoting those local people who demonstrated kindness and positivity during the coronavirus crisis, while also celebrating Tamworth's great community spirit. To this end, she has unveiled plans for a new knitting project, similar to the 'CommuKnitty' project that took place last year. The 'CommuKnitty' scheme brightened up Tamworth's open spaces by inviting people to create a knitted 'tree cosy', or knit a 'forget-me-not' flower the Alzheimer's Society logo - to help Tamworth become even more dementia friendly.

Councillor Rosemary Claymore, Mayor of Tamworth
The new Mayor of Tamworth, Councillor Rosemary Claymore

The proposed new knitting project aims to get people to celebrate community and brighter days by knitting a rainbow that will either be displayed around the town, or given to individuals to show how community spirit has united people in the town during lockdown restrictions. The project will be for people of all ages and abilities, and you don't have to be an experienced knitter to take part. A launch date has yet to be arranged for the initiative. However, it is planned to organise a knitting pack and a 'safe' location for patterns to be collected, although patterns can also be download from the mayor's Facebook page, which will contain regular updates. The new Mayor said: "I have to thank all the hundreds, if not thousands, of selfless Tamworth people who have played such a vital part in keeping others safe, supporting those who have and continue to need support. You have truly been remarkable. I also want to thank every one of the residents of this fantastic town who have kept by the rules to keep everyone safe. I know it's not been easy for many and for some has been a great sacrifice."

Tamworth Town Hall
Tamworth Town Hall in the centre of town

Rosemary added: "This Mayoral year will be like no other year of mayoral duties due to the current Covid-19 situation. I believe that community is the backbone of everything and in my year as Mayor, I want to promote how vital our community is to us all. We have many fantastic people in our borough, and I know together we will come through this difficult time." Anyone wishing to be involved in any of the activities can contact the mayor on her page or email:
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