Stitch in Olympic time

David Winter from Northern Mens and boyswear with some of the trousers made for the Olympic ceremony.  (p605a225)
David Winter from Northern Mens and boyswear with some of the trousers made for the Olympic ceremony. (p605a225)

A CASTLEFORD tailor used his running stitch skills to create a line of colourful trousers for the Olympic Games’ celebrations.

Ron Winter – who owns Northern Men’s and Boys’ Wear – made 40 pairs of the trousers at his factory on Lower Oxford Street, which will be worn by performers at the opening and closing Olympic ceremonies in London.

Mr Winter said: “We got the order about four weeks ago and made each pair to a different size.

“They are so bright and colourful with lots of different stripes and designs, it will be exciting to see them on the television.

“We are not sure which part of the ceremony they will be used in we were only sent specific designs and measurements for each performer.

“They really are very extravagant and it looks like it’s going to be a very interesting show if these trousers are anything to go by!

“We have tailor-made suits for the Olympic committee before, including for Lord Coe, which is why they got in touch with us for this unusual order.”

Mr Winter set up the business more than 30 years ago and his wife Val and son David also work there. In recent years the company has received orders for royal occasions and national events.

Mr Winter added: “We are very pleased to be involved in these kind of high profile events, we were never told exactly which royal occasion it would be but we are sent the royal labels to stitch into the clothes.

“We have managed to survive through the hard times by adapting our work to the times and being able to offer a made-to-measure service.

“We are also currently making uniforms for police officers who will be patrolling during the Games, they are going to need to look smart with all the media attention there will be around the event.”