Things come to a head for knitters
THE Mission To Seafarers Scotland is appealing for 6,000 knitted hats so Liddesdale folk are knitting madly.
This was one of David Graham-Service's messages when he spoke to the Two O’Clock Club in Newcastleton. The Mission is a Christian charity which helps seafarers of all nationalities, creeds and cultures.
Whatever the need, they will be there to help whether spiritual, physical, emotional or anything else. Sailors can be nine months at sea on a cargo ship with only a dozen others for company. Loneliness is a big problem and, tragically, there are many suicides.
The Mission has centres in major ports, open all the time and largely unmanned where sailors in port can find refuge and refreshment. There is a taxi service in ports to services such as shops and there are the knitted hats to hand out.
David said they did not last very long in 50-feet waves and salt water took all the stretch out of a bonnet. The Mission does a huge amount more to help those who provide for us on cruises and bring 90 per cent of all our goods into the UK.
To find out more go to www.mtss.scot