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Technicolour Coat makes a splash in Thirsk Market Place ...

13th April, 2024.

With the sun shining for once, the amazing Coat of Hopes put in an appearance in Thirsk Market Place on Easter Saturday.

This garment, originally made by Sussex artist Barbara Keal as she walked from her home to the 2021 Cop 26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, has now acquired hundreds of knitted, woven and embroidered patches along its way.

These have been made by different groups and individuals who have met and worn the coat on its journeys, and express their love of the natural world as well as their anxieties about the climate emergency.

It now stretches far behind the wearer into a train that must either be bundled up or carried by other walkers.

Barabara brought the Coat to Holy Rood House on March 22nd, where it has stayed over Easter.

It will later be moving on to Easingwold and later to York Minster.

On her way she drew a crowd of fascinated children at Sowerby Recreation Ground, some of whom wanted to wear it.

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