Wear a Guernsey day

4 Nov

Wear a Guernsey day Wear a Guernsey day

Thursday 19th November will be "Wear a Guernsey day", in celebration of the traditional 'Guernsey' jumper to raise funds for the St Peter Port Lifeboat.  The Guernsey Information Centre will be hosting this unique event with a photo competition, tea & coffees and a stall from the RNLI.

Photo competition categories include:

  • Best photo
  • Oldest Guernsey
  • Salty Sea Dog (traditional/sailor)
  • Largest Group
  • Generations

Prizes have kindly been donated by: 

  • £40 voucher from Saltwater Restaurant and Terrace
  • 1 of Guernsey Woollens limited edition 75th Liberation Guernseys
  • A Jute Adore Gift Hamper

Visit the Information Centre from 10am-3pm to support this great event, you can keep up-to-date with the event here 

Background to the 'Guernsey'

A ‘Guernsey’ is a knitted jumper that has been traditionally made in Guernsey since the early 1800s. It was originally worn by fishermen due to its resilience and has since become an important item of clothing that many people from all across the world are proud to own. Fishermen’s wives would knit jumpers for their families and the skill has been passed on through generations, so these garments hold a special place in the hearts of islanders.

Today, the jumpers are world-renowned, and are particularly popular in the USA and Japan. They are still in production thanks to the efforts of two on-island businesses: Guernsey Woollens and Le Tricoteur.