Winchcombe hit by yarnbombing

Winchcombe hit by yarnbombing (Comstock)

A Cotswolds town has been transformed thanks to a bunch of nimble-fingered knitters.

Winchcombe has been struck by yarnbombers, who have covered the sleepy residential area with bunting and pom poms, as well as knitted hanging baskets of flowers and a few woollen sheep, which have been lovingly crafted.

The Cotswolds Journal reports that the knitted decorations have brightened up the town and have been welcomed by residents.

However, organisers are appealing for the safe return of Sudeley the model sheep, who was part of a display to promote Wool in Winchcombe.

The woolly toy went missing last weekend from the gate of St Peter's Church and residents have been trying hard to locate him ever since.

Jane Smoczynski, owner of the Winds of Change gallery and organiser of the festival, told the publication: "The bandits can't pull the wool over our eyes. We will declare a lamnesty for the safe return of Sudeley.

"The yarnbombers went to a lot of effort to bring a smile to the faces of townsfolk and visitors with their knitted creations."

She added: "It's a shame if someone's late night home-from-the-pub prank deprives everyone else of a bit of light-hearted joy."

Winchcombe's woollen festival began last weekend with an event at St Peter's Church called the Big Knit, where they asked visitors to join in with a mass knitting challenge.

The festival, which aims to celebrate the town's rich wool heritage, is scheduled to run until Saturday, May 4th, meaning there are plenty more opportunities to head to the Cotswolds and get involved with the diverse range of activities on offer.

While there knitters can expect entertainment from folk choirs and can help to create blankets for Samaritan's Purse, which is planning to later distribute them to a series of orphanages in Eastern Europe once they are completed.

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