KNOWN as the Crafternooners, a group of community knitters from Shanklin have created a collection of blankets of love.

The blankets were unveiled by Shanklin Mayor, Cllr Steve Knight, during Shanklin Carnival week.

The theme was the 200th anniversary of Poet John Keats' residence in the town.

Project co-ordinator Karl Stedman said: "The blankets celebrate the members of our community who give their time to make our town such a special place, for those who volunteer in the library, theatre, for Green Towns and charity shops.

"Also for those who work and support projects for local national and international charities and for those who contribute less formally — the good neighbours who support others in the community.

"Together these people are the glue which holds this town together."

The locations where the blankets were displayed covered St Paul's Church, Shanklin Methodist Church and the United Reform Church.

They were produced by the Crafternooners using left-over yarn.

The group meets at Shanklin Youth and Community Centre on the third Saturday of the month.

Cllr Knight also presented Dave Woodward, of Keats Cottage, a commemorative plaque in honour of the 200th anniversary.

Don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.