Royston yarn-bomb saga marked with anniversary craft fair

PUBLISHED: 09:55 15 June 2016 | UPDATED: 14:11 15 June 2016

Royston Craft Fair yarn bomb anniversary.  Baking pro Kim Flin. PICTURES: Rebecca Iles Photography .

Royston Craft Fair yarn bomb anniversary. Baking pro Kim Flin. PICTURES: Rebecca Iles Photography .

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To mark the 12-month anniversary of Royston’s headline-grabbing yarn-bombing saga – involving a giant tea-cosy prank involving the Royse Stone – organiser Laura Whitford staged a celebratory craft fair.

Royston Craft Fair yarn bomb anniversary. Tracy Stressing. PICTURES: Rebecca Iles Photography .Royston Craft Fair yarn bomb anniversary. Tracy Stressing. PICTURES: Rebecca Iles Photography .

The stunt became the second most read story on the BBC News website, when the crochet net – the brainchild of Laura and friend Anne Walls – went missing, was returned, then was destroyed by vandals, and finally rescued by volunteers.

Reflecting on the rollercoaster event at the latest craft fair at the town hall on Saturday, Laura said: “I can’t believe it’s a whole year since the yarn bomb saga.

Royston Craft Fair yarn bomb anniversary. Fiona Rheinberg from Fizzi-Jane Crafts. PICTURES: Rebecca Iles Photography .Royston Craft Fair yarn bomb anniversary. Fiona Rheinberg from Fizzi-Jane Crafts. PICTURES: Rebecca Iles Photography .

“We arranged it to publicise the craft fairs becoming a monthly event – since then they’ve gone from strength to strength and I’ve opened our lovely shop, No.3 in Melbourn Street.

“I want to say thanks to all of the crafters who have worked with me over the last year and a huge thank you to the people of Royston and beyond. “They’re amazing and have given me such positive feedback and support our venture every day.

Anne Walls and Laura Whitford, with their giant tea cosy on the Royse Stone in RoystonAnne Walls and Laura Whitford, with their giant tea cosy on the Royse Stone in Royston

“I’ve said it so many times but honestly mean it – Royston is the best place to live and since moving here my life has changed entirely and all for the better.”

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