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A Trip out West to Guernsey Woollens

The Lieutenant-Governor may not have been acquainted with the Traditional Guernsey Jumper before he came into office last year but he certainly is now! Having established that the Guernsey was warm and cosy and enjoying somewhat of a revival as a fashion item in recent years, he did not hold back in acquiring a few himself and can often be seen sporting one of a selection in bright colours. 

There is now an annual 'Wear you Guernsey' day supported by Guernsey Woollens and Le Tricoteur raising funds for the RNLI. Traditionally it was worn by fisherman and was once a key part of a lifeboat volunteers ongoing sea kit and is still worn for formal events like parades and medal ceremonies. 

The Guernsey is also worn by the retired armed services volunteers who fire the 21 gun salute for the Monarch's Official birthday at Castle Cornet and has often been a gift from the Island for visiting Royals. 

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