Storming the town for centenary event

Yarn storm coordinators Yvonne Mathieson (left), of West Ashby WI, and Kate Stark, of Horncastle WI, with a small selection of the figures, cupcakes, webs and mystery items to be installed in the town to mark the centenary. EMN-150520-075752001

Yarn storm coordinators Yvonne Mathieson (left), of West Ashby WI, and Kate Stark, of Horncastle WI, with a small selection of the figures, cupcakes, webs and mystery items to be installed in the town to mark the centenary. EMN-150520-075752001

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Members of two Women’s Institutes are planning to have Horncastle in stitches next month.

To help celebrate the centenary of the WI, they are creating the town’s first yarn storm event.

“We think some parts of Horncastle will look quite startling once they have been kitted out with ‘knitwear’ and bunting,” said Darryl White, president of West Ashby WI. 

“We don’t want to give too much away at this stage but we do think it will be a striking way of marking the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Institute nationally.”

 Volunteers from Horncastle WI and West Ashby WI have been preparing for the event for months, knitting and crocheting scores of items for their displays.

The idea is to create a novel form of street art using yarn, not paint, and the 
ingenious installations will appear on Saturday June 27, to coincide with the start of the SO Festival and Horncastle’s Summer Festival and Market on Sunday June 28.  

“There have been yarn storms in other towns worldwide and in the UK, but not, as far as we know, in Horncastle,” added Darryl.

Parts of the town being ‘dressed’ for the event might include the horse sculptures, some bridges, railings and trees.

The two WIs involved hope visitors will have fun seeking out the various locations in town which have been 
enhanced. 

One of the main concentrations is planned for the area at the entrance to the Bain car park.