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Historical characters knitted by creative Downham Market mum




Pupils at the Nelson Academy in Downham Market have had a very special treat this year, thanks to the talents and generosity of one of their very creative mums.

At the start of the new school year, the classes were rebranded with new names all of which are famous people who will be studied during the year.

There were 22 dolls made in total, 16 to represent the classes and six for their Harry Potter Club.

Knitted dolls made by Mrs Hisset for Nelson Academy pupils in Downham include historical figures and characters from Harry Potter. (51775777)
Knitted dolls made by Mrs Hisset for Nelson Academy pupils in Downham include historical figures and characters from Harry Potter. (51775777)

Gill Sekatawa, year five teacher said: "Mrs. Hisset had previously crocheted mythical creatures for some of our classes.

"I asked her if there was any chance she could have a go at crocheting year five a little Barbara Hepworth (Dame Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth DBE was an English artist and sculptor) and a Harriet Tubman (Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist and political activist) for our classes.

"I didn't imagine the box which would arrive at the beginning of term."

Knitted dolls made by Mrs Hisset for Nelson Academy pupils in Downham. Back row L to R - Sir Francis Drake, Charles Darwin, Alex Fleming, Chris Packham. Front row L to R - Joseph Banks and Julia Donaldson. (51775426)
Knitted dolls made by Mrs Hisset for Nelson Academy pupils in Downham. Back row L to R - Sir Francis Drake, Charles Darwin, Alex Fleming, Chris Packham. Front row L to R - Joseph Banks and Julia Donaldson. (51775426)

Mrs.Hisset, mum to Samuel in year five, said: "I needed a challenge and got a bit carried away so kept on crocheting."

Now each of the 16 classes plus the Harry Potter Club have their own amazing mascots all with incredible detail from Archimedes to Anning, Cleopatra to Darwin the little woolly friends are already treasured by the children.

Sarah Wilson, principal said: "We are incredibly grateful for this kind gift and would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs. Hisset.

"She has inspired a lot of our young people to have a go at knitting or crocheting.

"Some of them will begin their learning at a new knitting club which is going to be part of the extra curricular arts provision at the school this year.

"We can't wait to see what creations come next."



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