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Wool Against Weapons

In summer 2014, Lush shops in Brighton, Oxford, Sheffield and Chester invited local crochet and knitting enthusiasts to create patches for a scarf that was used for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and Wool Against Weapons August protest

Building on the success of the sessions held at the Lush Wimbledon in March 2014, Lush shops around the country joined together to hold a series of after hours and all day events where customers 'knitted one and pearled one' for the giant scarf project. Several other shops also joined in by acting as collection points where local knitters could deposit their carefully crafted pieces.

The knits were collected by Wool Against Weapons and sewn together in time for Saturday 9th August, the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki. On this day, thousands of protesters met at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston and Burghfield to unwind the completed seven-mile scarf.

The project aimed to create awareness and apply to the British government ahead of their review of the British nuclear weapons development project Trident in 2016. CND Campaigners are calling for Trident to be scrapped and its £100bn replacement to be cancelled, arguing that the money would be better spent on the NHS, job-creation, green energy and education.

CND General Secretary Kate Hudson explained ahead of the milestone event: “This wonderfully vibrant campaign has really captured the imagination of people from all over the UK and beyond. The protest on 9th August will be a powerful and colourful challenge to the Government’s plans to squander over £100bn on a monstrous Cold War weapons system which even many in the military don’t want. Let’s spend the money on things we need not weapons of mass destruction.”

The events went fantastically. Many customers came to knit and donate their surplus wool from home with others signing up to the CND cause. In stores such as Lush Bath the local press showed up to, giving additional coverage to the campaign.

"The protest on 9th August will be a powerful and colourful challenge to the Government’s plans to squander over £100bn on a monstrous Cold War weapons system."

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