Norfolk’s queen of knitting is set to join Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning after attracting national attention for her woollen recreation of Sandringham House.
Ninety-year-old Margaret Seaman spent 16 days displaying her masterpiece at The Forum in Norwich as part of the Norfolk Makers Festival in February, and will now be taking it on the road as she heads to the ITV studios in London.
The great-great grandmother was inspired to knit the Queen’s much-loved Norfolk retreat after visiting with her grandson last spring. She started creating it in July 2019, knitting for around 12 hours a day to bring it to life.
And Margaret has picked up her needles once again ahead of her appearance on the daytime chat show on Tuesday, March 3, to knit the This Morning co-presenters sitting on their sofa.
Speaking ahead of the appearance she said: “I’m very excited and really looking forward to it.
“Getting the phone call [from This Morning] was out of this world. I think I am going to wake up one minute and find out it has all been a dream!
“I’m excited to see the cameras and everything working in the studio so I will really enjoy it.”
Margaret lives in Caister-On-Sea with her daughter Tricia, 71, who also lends a hand with the knitting and constructing.
Prior to knitting Sandringham, Margaret wowed the crowds at the 2019 Norfolk Makers Festival with her woollen version of Great Yarmouth seafront in the 1970s, featuring Joyland’s famous snails and the historic Wellington and Britannia piers.
And this year’s festival was no different with thousands of visitors desperate to see Sandringham House in all its glory, complete with characters including a mini Queen and Duke of Edinburgh knitted by one of Margaret’s friends, a lake, colourful gardens and more.
Margaret uses her skills to raise money for local causes and at this year’s festival collected donations for four-year-old Anna Poppy who is battling aggressive brain and spinal cancer. Her family are raising money to allow her to access further treatment in America.
Margaret said: “It was terrific to be at the festival and to meet everybody. People absolutely loved the house and really passed a lot of lovely comments on. We had hundreds of people coming to speak to us every day and it makes all the knitting worthwhile.
“We raised £4,816 at the festival for Anna Poppy. I want to say a big thank you to everyone who come along and donated money, it’s been lovely and I know her mummy and daddy will be over the moon.”
Anyone who would still like to donate can visit Margaret’s JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/knittedsandringhamforpoppy
The Norfolk Makers Festival is funded by The Forum Trust, the educational charity which runs The Forum.