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Town knitting legend is star of bazaar

PUBLISHED: 02:12 12 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 March 2010

IPSWICH pensioner Nelson Barber is something of a legend at his Wherstead-based nursing home.

And this year, the 93-year-old former games master proved an even greater attraction at the home's Christmas bazaar than Santa Claus himself.

IPSWICH pensioner Nelson Barber is something of a legend at his Wherstead-based nursing home.

And this year, the 93-year-old former games master proved an even greater attraction at the home's Christmas bazaar than Santa Claus himself.

Wearing a blue-and-white woolly hat in honour of Ipswich Town, Nelson was proudly selling the fruits of a rather unusual hobby.

In fact, Nelson has made that hat and hundreds of other items – as part of his extraordinary passion for knitting.

At the Orwell Nursing Home, widower Nelson has spent hours upon hours knitting all manner of clothes and toys, and at this year's bazaar he was able to show off his obvious talent.

"I've been knitting for 14 years now," he said. "I started when I broke both my hips and the doctor advised me to do something for my stability.

"I just took to this – and I can't seem to stop."

Originally from Norwich, Nelson has no children, but is never short of company and is extremely popular with the staff and residents at his home.

"He's terrific," commented the home's Carol Markham (organiser of the festive bazaar).

"Everyone loves seeing what he'll knit next, and everyone agrees, he really is brilliant at it."

n Do you have an unusual hobby or know of someone who does?

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