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PHOTOS: Why this Cornish town is being 'yarn bombed'

PHOTOS: Why this Cornish town is being 'yarn bombed'

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:30am 7th October 2018.

Stop in the name of wool! That is what Liskeard is doing as the town gets colourful, woollen takeover.

A group of volunteers have been 'yarn bombing' its lampposts, traffic lights, benches, pillars in advance of the town's annual wool festival.

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People are 'yarn bombing' lampposts, traffic lights, pillars and benches all over Liskeard. Credit: Studio Wallop

The group, 3bagsfull, organises the town's festival every year and is responsible for the crochet installations that keep popping up.

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A group of volunteers called 3bagsfull are responsible for the 'yarn bombing.' 
Credit: Studio Wallop

Rachel Brookes from the group told Pirate FM this year the community has really got involved.

It is the first-year local schools have helped with the yarn bombing.

"There are lots of people of all ages that enjoy knitting and crocheting, it's been really lovely to work with some of the children too.

"In fact, the Liskeard school yarn installation actually features a woolly portrait of their head teacher.

"It's grown year on year but it has become a real community thing.

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This year Liskeard School and Dobwalls Primary School got involved with the yarn bombing. Credit: Studio Wallop

"There's all sorts of different people whose creativity goes into it and it's just built up year on year and we're really inspired by the wonderful response we've got from local people.

"When we were putting it up this year people all the time were stopping us and saying they thought it was beautiful and thanking us for doing it which obviously really inspires you then to go on and do more.

"We've had Liskeard in bloom in the town all summer which has made the town beautifully colourful and then through the yarn bombing is something that carries on that colourful theme and i think it just brings a smile to peoples face".

Rachel Brookes, 3bagsfull festival organiser

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 The 'yarn bombing' is promoting the town's annual wool festival. Credit: Studio Wallop

The two week festival runs from 15th October to 27th October which gives people the opportunity to enrol in workshops and attend yarn demonstrations at the wool market.

You can find out more about the event here or scroll through the gallery below to see more photos...

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