Edinburgh tram targeted by yarn-bomber

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A yarn-bomber with a sense of humour has taken their craft skills to the streets of Edinburgh, leaving an amusing sign on roadworks.

Protesting against the tram works on Princes Street the unknown individual left a crocheted sign saying 'Tramway to Hell' on the barriers surrounding the building site, the Scotsman reports.

Market researcher, Mary Gordon, who was one of the first to spot the unusual woollen message told the newspaper that it drew large crowds of people, each keen to take a picture of it.

She said: "I'm certainly familiar with the concept of yarn-bombing, and I know it's been getting more popular here, but I've only ever heard of people, say, covering up benches or handrails to add a bit of colour to the environment, not making a political statement."

Self-confessed knitting and crocheting enthusiast, Ms Gordon claimed that the sign was of "a high standard," admitting that a lot of work had clearly gone into it.

However, despite brightening up commuters' days, the crocheted sign was removed soon after it was erected.

Speaking to the newspaper, councillor Lesley Hinds, who is in charge of the capital's transport, confirmed that the council was responsible for taking down the sign.

"When unofficial banners are put up it's normally the process that they are removed, in case they come loose and flap into the face of a pedestrian or into the path of a cyclist," he argued.

But while, the artwork may no longer be visible he did praise the craftsmanship which had gone into the piece and added that the council were still in possession of it if the owner wished to claim it.

This isn't the first time Edinburgh has become a site of yarn-bombing after benches in Prices Street Garden were decorated with knitted pom-pom bunting during this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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