FOOTBALL legend Dave Bowman will join thousands of volunteers in a bid
to break the world record for knitting.
The 49-year-old will be joining over 3000 other knitters on 8
September at Dundee United’s Tannadice Park to help break the world
record for simultaneous knitting.
And this week he practiced with a pair of needles in the football
stadium in preparation for the challenge.
The Big Knit 2013 aims to smash the existing record of 3,038 people
simultaneously knitting, with participants from all over Scotland
Organisers hope the event will put Dundee on the map as the knitting
capital of the UK.
All money raised will be donated to the local Alzheimer’s charity, and
everyone involved is hoping the event will be a great success.
Bowman started his footballing career with Hearts, before moving to
Dundee Utd and representing Scotland in the 1992 European
He recently took part in a charity football match at Dundee United and
donated half of the money raised to a local Alzhemier’s charity.
The midfielder earned the nickname “psycho” for his fiesty tackles,
and has been inducted into Dundee United’s hall of fame.
He was once given four red cards in a single game for continuously
swearing at the referee even after being sent off.
He said: “It’s for a good cause that’s why I am happy to be involved
and I’m hoping it is a great success.
“There’s some ex-players from Dundee United that are suffering from
Alzheimer’s so it’s a cause that is close to my heart.
“I’ve never knitted before so I need to get someone to teach me beforehand.
“It would be great to win the title, I thought it would be for golf or
something else but a win is a win.
“I’ve got a record for the most sendings off so at least if we break
the record it can be for something good!
“I hope we raise enough money to help people with Alzheimers, the more
we raise the more we can help.”
Lord Provost of Dundee Bob Duncan has been practising his stitching
ahead of the event and TV personality Lorraine Kelly has also given
The current world record for mass knitting is held by the Women’s
Institute in England, who gathered 3,083 knitters together to clinch
“We will set all new Scottish records as it’s never been tried in our
country. We will set the record for the largest amount of men
knitting, over 70 have agreed to taking part so far.
“And the record for the largest amount of pieces knitted together.”
“We estimated that if we had over 3000 knitters we would have enough
pieces to make over 150 blankets, which is amazing.
“People can bring their own knitting needles and yarn, we are asking
for participants to knot 30 rows with 30 stitches.
“Then we are going to put them together to create blankets for
homeless people and those in need all over Scotland.”
The big event, which will also help raise money for a local Alzheimer
charity through a collection at the stadium, will be held on Sunday
Doors will open at 2pm with the knit-off at 3pm.