Ethel’s fan base grows

Ethel Brolls getting a consignment of knitting and soft toys together.
Ethel Brolls getting a consignment of knitting and soft toys together.

THE town of Whithorn has been put on the map down the years by the notable likes of St Ninian and Mary, Queen of Scots, but the fame of one lady from the Royal Burgh has spread to the antipodes.

A letter singing the praises of Ethel Brolls was emailed to The Galloway Gazette this week from Jenifer Rogers, who lives in the wonderfully named town of Dandenong in the state of Victoria. She explains how she, like many others, was inspired by Ethel’s knitting charity, The Ethel Brolls’ Romanian Orphan Knitting Appeal, which has sent more than 60,000 knitted items to underprivileged children in Romania since it started 11 years ago.

Jenifer, who is originally from Shropshire, read about Ethel in a knitting magazine and began sending articles from Australia to Whithorn for her appeal.

A friendship by post has now grown between the two lady knitters – and you can read Jenifer’s heartfelt tribute to Ethel in our letters on page 14.