Crafty women use their skills to boost town

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CRAFTY women have been knitting, crocheting and sewing as fast as their fingers can manage in a bid to brighten up ugly spots in their town.

The ladies of Wath Women’s Institute in Dearne Valley, near Rotherham, are creating crafts and decorations which will adorn railings, benches and lampposts in the area.

The exercise - known as yarnbombing - aims to encourage more people to take pride in Rotherham by covering unsightly street furniture with handcrafted textiles.

Members of the WI branch have also created a banner reading ‘I Support Wath Town Centre’, which has been placed in local pub the Church House.

Residents are being invited to pop in and sign it before the banner is placed in the town square.

Ingrid House, treasurer of Wath WI said: “We wanted to create something beautiful to draw attention to the plight of our local high street and our local businesses. We support our local shops wholeheartedly and want to encourage others to do so. We didn’t have thousands of pounds to do this but we did have a lot of formidable ladies armed with needles and hooks.”