A PROJECT to create knitted soldiers to go on display at a Test Valley museum has been launched this week.

The Army Flying Museum is calling out to the community to help with a project to knit soldiers for a display in its Apache Cafe.

The Middle Wallop based museum’s Outreach Officer, Dan Ball, is inviting people to help knit a troop of mini soldiers to go on parade later in the year.

He says participants in the Pilots on Parade initiative can either use the 1940s pattern which can be downloaded, or are welcome to create their own.

Dad said: “This is the third knitted project we have run, its two predecessors being knitted planes and poppies, the latter of which saw over 3,000 submissions."

“I have been overwhelmed by the response to these projects, and there is already a buzz around this one.”

Submissions to the project can either be dropped directly into the Museum or posted in, the deadline for the knitted soldiers is May 31 - so there is plenty of time to get knitting.