'Wear a Guernsey Day' Attracts over 100 people

More than 100 people went to the Guernsey Information Centre last Friday to have their photo taken during ‘Wear a Guernsey Day’ and just over £300 was raised for the Guernsey Lifeboat throughout the day.

The timing of the event coincided with the 2019 Guernsey Heritage Festival which is running until 10 May, and photos were collected to form part of a brand new exhibition which will celebrate the beloved ‘guernsey’ jumper and the island’s knitting industry.

Coordinated by VisitGuernsey, the event welcomed both locals and visitors, and was supported by Guernsey Woollens, the Men’s Shed, Creaseys, Condor Ferries, the Guernsey Tapestry and Café Delices.

A rare 100 year old guernsey was also on display, kindly loaned by the National Trust of Guernsey Folk & Costume Museum who also supported the fundraising initiative.

A VisitGuernsey representative said: ‘We are so pleased with the level of interest received from this event as it was the first time that the Guernsey Information Centre has hosted something like this. The Heritage Festival celebrates our rich local history, and the fascinating stories behind the ‘guernsey’ deserve to be celebrated. It might feel like an item that is more suited to the winter, but we met many people who love their Guernsey knitwear all year round. Additionally, it gave visitors something unique to experience during the festival and allows us to proudly showcase something that has a great deal of meaning to the local community.

‘We would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to come along and show their support including the Lifeboat’s crew members, the Guernsey Lifeboat Guild, those involved with the Guernsey Retro Festival and the Men’s Shed.

‘It was also fantastic that visitors who owned guernseys sent us their photos as they could not be there on the day. Please do keep an eye on our social media for updates on the exhibition as we will be working on it during the coming month.’  

Just some of the remaining and upcoming Heritage Festival events include outdoor cycle tours with Outdoor Guernsey or Go Guernsey, a special Victorian themed tour with Le Petit Train, guided walks such as the ‘St Peter Port Walk of Fame’ and ‘Hidden Gems of Guernsey’, tours of Les Caches Farm with the National Trust of Guernsey, the Prosperity Wreck kayak tour, cider tasting with Rocquette Cider, ghost tours at Sausmarez Manor and much more.

The Guernsey Heritage Festival will be running until 10th May. All events can be found at visitguernsey.com or you can collect a printed guide from the Guernsey Information Centre.