Cambridge residents knit miniature jerseys for Tour de France bunting

Tour de France knitted bunting approved

Knitters who created miniature jerseys to use as bunting to welcome Tour de France racers as they charge through Cambridge have had their decorations approved by the council.

The news was no doubt a relief for those involved, as similar garlands had been removed from lampposts in Masham, North Yorkshire. The council was concerned the weight of the wool when wet may make the street lights buckle.

BBC Cambridgeshire quoted a spokesman from North Yorkshire County Council as saying: "We noticed that the lighting columns were leaning and in the interest of safety we asked for it to be taken down."

As a result, the bunting was hung elsewhere in the town.

Cambridge resident Rad Wagon was responsible for pooling the talent to produce the 2,000 miniature knitted jerseys designed to replicate the famous Tour De France jersey.

Mr Wagon was careful not to repeat the problems experienced in Yorkshire.

He explained that not only did the team of knitters weigh the jerseys when they were dry, but also when they were soaking wet, to ensure the lampposts could withstand the knitted garments.

"We are also using short lengths of twine which means there will not be too many jerseys on each individual line of bunting," he said.

The original plan was to decorate the race route that will pass through the streets of Yorkshire on July 5th and 6th and Cambridge on July 7th.

Hopefully the spectators will at least get to enjoy the fruits of the knitter's labour, even if the cyclists are going too fast to do so themselves.

You may not be able to knit bunting to decorate your street, but why not try creating our birdbunting and mobile for a little one's bedroom?

This is a free pattern desgined by Vicky Walker. It is ideal for the beginner crocheter, but the end result will have you looking like a consummate professional. It is made using Handknit Cotton and could really bring a child's room to life.

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