Saturday, April 14, 2012

It's Darn Crazy!

Saltburn's now famous 'yarnbombers' have finally broken their silence - but are still keeping their identity secret.

The secretive knitters are the masterminds behind a colourful and creative 50-yard scarf featuring Olympic athletes draped on the town’s pier.

While preferring to stay anonymous the 'Darn Crazy' knitters have sent a teasing statement and pictures of their night-time antics to local community journalist Mike Morrissey.

The group said: “We’re delighted with the imaginative and amusing coverage given to our Olympic yarnstorm on Saltburn pier. Many satisfying hours of secret planning and knitting have paid off with the many visitors also enjoying our work. We’re happy to share some of the photos we took for our own pleasure while maintaining the anonymity of yarnstorming. Signed: Saltburn Yarnstormers.”

Mr Morrissey admitted that at first he thought it was a hoax. He doesn’t know their identity either, but quipped: “It adds a bit of fun to life!”

Efforts to track down the elusive group are ongoing but many say they would prefer the knitters to remain anonymous to continue the mystery which has caused a boom in the town as visitors flock to see the woolly masterpiece.

Sisters Sheila Wheatley and Angela Morton run the newly opened wool shop 'Ripping Yarns' in Dundas Street West, Saltburn. They believe they know the identity of at least one of the knitters, but insist that their “lips are sealed”.

Angela said, "We don’t think they’re members of any known group in the town but one of them let it slip about the knitting. However, their secret is safe with us. We think it’s best they and their identity remain anonymous. It makes the story more exciting!”

Sheila, a retired social services worker, said, “We opened our shop in mid-March not knowing about the pier scarf. It was a coincidence at the time with all the publicity. But it’s been really good for business.”

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