Supporters of lifeboat charity in Warwickshire and Solihull prepare to spin a yarn - The Solihull Observer

Supporters of lifeboat charity in Warwickshire and Solihull prepare to spin a yarn

Solihull Editorial 5th Oct, 2020   0

CRAFTY folk in Warwickshire will be spinning a yarn for a charity close to their hearts.

Britspin is the British Wool Spinning Marathon in which spinners across the country compete to produce the greatest total length of yarn.

And this year the charity benefitting from the competition is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution – something which struck a chord with Warwickshire competitor Team Over the Rainbow.

The team’s mascot, an eight-year-old Jack Russell Terrier called Barney, owes his life to the crew of the St Davids’ lifeboat. On a clifftop walk on holiday in Wales with his owners, Barney chased a gull and disappeared over the edge of the cliff. Unable to reach him, his distraught owners called for help. Fortunately the St David’s crew were returning from a training exercise and were able to rescue him. Amazingly, Barney was unhurt and soon reunited with his grateful owners.

Team Over The Rainbow, comprising the Stratford upon Avon Guild of Weavers and Spinners and Dyers – whose members hail from both across the county and from Solihull – will be competing from October 14 to 18, sponsored by the Leamington based ‘Wool Warehouse’.

Last year the team came fifth out of 17 last year and, with Barney as a lucky mascot, members aim to improve on that, raising money for the RNLI on the way.

Visit to make donations.

To watch the video of Barney’s rescue, click here.


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