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Brora at ready for yarn attack

By Staff Reporter

Brora Yarn Bomb 2017
Brora Yarn Bomb 2017

Brora is set to be “bombed” next week in a second attack of its kind.

But residents need not reach for their hard hats for the village is not about to be rained on by shells and mortar… but by knitting!

Brora Community Events Group is staging its second Yarn Bombing week, running from Monday to Sunday, April 15 to 21.

The group’s first such event took place in 2017 and was a huge success but it was decided not to have it last year because of the village’s knitted poppy tribute to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

The suggestion of yarn bombing initially came from group member Emma Payne who first learned about it while on a course at the Eden Project, Cornwall.

She said: “The idea behind it was to brighten up the village for a week during the Easter holidays in the hope that people would stop rather than drive through.

“There is no fundraising aspect to this – it is just a bit of fun for the community.”

And even organisers do not know what to expect when they wake up on Monday morning and survey the village, because individuals are all doing their own “thing”.

Emma explained: “We just posted on Facebook for anyone interested to get involved.

“There is no theme to it and all we have said is that if you put something on display in the village that you take it down at the end of the week.

“We don’t know how many people are making things so it will be nice for the group to see what goes out.”

Formed seven years ago, Brora Community Events Group runs the hugely popular village Scarecrow Festival.

The group also holds an annual over-60s day trip and New Year family disco.

Other events have included lunches, family fun days, ladies’ nights and quiz nights.

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