Otley's Chippendale statue is 'yarn bombed'

Wharfedale Observer: The 'yarn bombed' Thomas Chippendale statue, Otley. The 'yarn bombed' Thomas Chippendale statue, Otley.

A statue of one of Otley's most famous sons has been 'yarn bombed' in celebration of the Tour de France.

A group of guerrilla knitters from three local groups kitted out the Thomas Chippendale monument, on Manor Square, with a yellow hat, scarf and bunting on Monday night.

The act of apparent - benevolent - rebellion, however, was actually the result of a Tour de France focused partnership between the Big Hoo-Ha Co and Otley Courthouse.

Frances Taylor of the Big Hoo-Ha Co said: "We all think the hat rather suits him.

"It’s just a bit of fun to celebrate the bike race. There has also been a lot of bunting knitted, which will soon be going up around the town."

The community arts organisation is holding several Tour-related events in collaboration with the Courthouse, including a bike decoration workshop at the arts centre on Saturday, June 21. and a film editing session at The Woolpack Studios, on Bondgate, on Tuesday, June 24.

For more details visit www.bighooha.co.uk .

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