Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Casting Off... Coat for a Boat at the Customs House


I went to visit the exhibition commissioned by the MillDam's Visual Arts development Officer, Esen Kaya. "Coat for a Boat" consists of a 21ft fishing coble completely covered in knitting.

Volunteer knitters came to the Customs House every Saturday morning and knitters from as far away as Australia and America sent their work in.

The exhibition is on until September 13, but on Sunday, July 12, the boat will sail down the river, as part of the Mouth Of The Tyne festival.

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