Worthing gets yarnbombing treatment

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With winter on the horizon and the weather decidedly miserable, many places in the UK could do with brightening up. Hanging baskets and floral displays may not be appropriate at this time of year - but there are still plenty of other options to inject some colour into your local area!

One group in Worthing took it upon themselves to express their creativity while brightening up the community by decorating the seaside town with yarn.

The Argus reports that Storm, a Christian charity group which runs youth clubs, children's clubs and other community projects, decided that they would put their crafty skills to work and dress up the Storm Gardens neighbourhood.

Volunteers decorated the area with woolly animals and trinkets hung from trees and lamp posts and even made knitted patchwork covers for electricity boxes to make them look like colourful houses.

The work surprised residents, but was greatly appreciated by visitors who couldn't get enough of the quirky woollen yarnbombing display.

Speaking to the publication, Ginny Cassell, leader of Storm, said: "We just want to cheer the place up. If we had a mission statement it would probably be to make people smile."

Ms Cassell went on to say that while they had a lot of fun with their guerrilla knitting project they also have other worthwhile causes that they are working on now.

"We're starting to knit Christmas hats and accessories to decorate the penguins in the courtyard atWorthing Hospital. Hospitals can be quite traumatic places so the idea is to lift people's spirits - that's what we want to do," she added.

If your town centre or neighbourhood is looking a little worse for wear or in need of brightening up then why not get together with some friends and try your own yarnbombing display.

This could be anything from a knitted section of bunting to lots of tiny characters or flowers to help decorate the area.

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