15th Sep, 2019

Droitwich wool and truly covered after yarn bombing

Droitwich Editorial 1st Jul, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

DROITWICH proved itself to be a real close-knit community after the town’s Rotary Club yarn bombed the Spa’s Victoria Square.

The event was done to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research and then blankets were made for the homeless at Maggs in Worcester.

No statue, postbox, bench or lamp post was safe and the place was wool and truly covered by the end.

The project was led by Helen Karakashian, president of the Rotary Club of Droitwich Spa and ran in conjunction with Droitwich Arts Network (DAN) SPArkles WI, Droitwich Spa and Rural Council for Voluntary Service and local traders.

It was approved by Coun Bob Brookes who was Droitwich Spa Mayor at the time.

Many women, and some men, knitted for this project across the UK and as far away as Geneva and Belgrade.

The yarn bombing included 86 pom poms, 20metres of bunting, 39metres of knitted chains and over 300metres of knitting, together with spiders, webs, little people, ladybirds and flowers.

The volunteers arrived at 6am on Saturday morning (June 27) and all the work was in place by 10.30am.

Town Crier Edgar Harwood advertised the event throughout the town ready for the grand reveal at 11am when Coun Brookes cut the ribbon.

Helen said one lady commented she had only seen yarn bombing in magazines and never expected to see it in Droitwich and an elderly man added he was delighted to have a soft seat to sit on where a bench had been bombed.

As well as brightening the town up, it also gave residents something to chat about and led to total strangers to talking to each other.

This was one of the last projects of Helen’s year of office as the Rotary Club president.

She thanked everyone who made the project such a success.

“So many people were happy to help and the pleasure it brought so many people was an absolute joy.

“Its success is beyond my wildest dreams.”

The yarns will be up for a fortnight before they are taken down.

The project has so far raised £760 but anyone wanting to boost the coffers further an visit www.justgiving.com/Helen-Karakashian and donate there.

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