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Delicate decorations . . . Ruth McNamara (left) and Valerie Anderson display some of the knitted angels which are on display across Alexandra thanks to a range of knitters. PHOTO: SIMON HENDERSON

Handmade knitted angels are popping up in unexpected places across Alexandra and spreading Christmas cheer. Showing examples of the handcrafted angels are Alexandra-Clyde-Lauder Union Presbyterian parish members Ruth McNamara (left) and Valerie Anderson.

Mrs McNamara said about a dozen parishioners had used scraps of wool to create the angels and each included a message of love.

The angels were free for people to take away or to give to someone who needs a “pick-me-up”, she said.

The idea was inspired by local church parishes in England, who in 2014 began placing the small angels in country roads, high streets and train stations to cheer people up at Christmas.

This was the first year parishioners at St Enoch’s church had taken up the idea, but if popular it might become a new annual tradition, Mrs McNamara said.

SIMON.HENDERSON

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