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Titterstone Clee focus for hill scarf challenge
Suzanne Thomas
Suzanne Thomas knits the first of the 1,749 squares

A Shropshire group plan to knit a scarf to go around one of the county's highest hills.

Titterstone Clee Heritage Trust hope to enlist the help of people across the Midlands in creating a scarf 1,749 feet (533m) long.

The distance marks the hill's height above sea level.

Naming the project Knitterstone Clee, the trust said it wanted to dedicate the scarf to the women of the area and aimed to complete it by March 2012.

Suzanne Thomas from the trust said she wanted people to get involved by knitting or crocheting one-sq-ft patches, which would be joined together to form the scarf.

Titterstone Clee is the third highest hill in Shropshire, overshadowed only by Brown Clee (540m) and the Stiperstones (536m).

Ignored by history

Radar array
National Air Traffic Services operate several radar installations on the hill

Parts of Titterstone Clee date back almost 4,000 years to the Bronze Age, and the heritage trust plan to wrap their scarf around the remains of a later Iron Age enclosure.

More recently, the hill was the site of intense quarrying in the early 20th Century. About 2,000 quarrymen worked in the area, removing the hill's dhustone, also known as dolerite.

While the quarrymen's role in the area had been well recorded, Ms Thomas said the wives, sisters and daughters of the workers had been largely ignored by history.

Parts of the hill still resemble an industrial landscape and are popular with photographers. Today it is best known for the white radar domes, operated by National Air Traffic Services (NATS), which line the hill.




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