‘Yarnachists’ decorate Hunstanton with woolly wonders for the Diamond Jubilee

A determined band of guerilla knitters is busy brightening up Hunstanton, declaring war on drabness ahead of the Diamond Jubilee.

The Hunny Yarns have already 'yarn bombed' trees on The Spinney along with fences, signs and railings and now hope to recruit new 'yarnachists' so the rest of the seaside town can be decorated for the celebrations.

More than a few eyebrows have been raised since the woolly masterpieces first began appearing around the resort in February, but the knitted art is proving popular among residents, visitors and even businesses.

At the request of its owners, the Yarns have adorned Hunstanton's Princess Theatre with dozens of pom poms to celebrate its re-opening tomorrow night (Friday).

The worldwide craze was introduced to the town by friends Sue Murkett and Alison Knight after they were inspired by a holiday to Iceland early in the year.

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'We saw some trees decorated there and thought it looked amazing,' Sue said. 'I started a Facebook page when we got back in February and it's gone from there.

'We first decorated a tree in Amanda's front garden and one in mine. The mayor at the time, Carol Bower, later saw it and asked if we could do some more for the town.

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'The group has been meeting at Cafe Blah Blahh to knit every week to prepare. I can't actually knit myself, so I've been hunting in charity shops for knitted scarves to use.

'I love anything quirky and the reaction has been really positive. Everyone thinks it's fun and there have been lots of smiles.'

The Spinney was decorated yesterday (Wednesday) with a variety of colourful creations, with Jubilee and mermaid-themed trees, and the group has big plans for the rest of the town this weekend.

Yarn bombing began as an anonymous art form - a sort of wool graffiti - with objects as large as buildings and cars being mysteriously covered in wool overnight.

But the Hunny Yarns - despite some comedy pseudonyms - are hoping to get the whole community involved and bring people together rather than simply flummox them.

'We really want people to join in, to try it themselves and to just have some fun,' Amanda said. 'Our next targets will be the High Street, the Town Hall, and the bandstand.'

A group calling itself the Norfolk Ninja Knitters took responsibility for a yarn bombing attack on Norwich City Hall earlier this month.

Examples of guerilla knitting have been spotted in Norwich before, with lamp-post and bus stop 'cosies' being spotted at the St Giles end of the Grapes Hill footbridge, in Chapelfield Gardens and in Unthank Road.

The Hunny Yarns will be meeting at The Spinney at 10.30am on Sunday and Monday and everyone is welcome.

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