Often referred to as ‘yarn bombing’ or ‘yarn storming’, and involving colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn, is something that is celebrated each summer in my hometown of Saltburn. In previous years the Saltburn Yarn Stormers have displayed themes including the World Cup, the Olympics, the Queen’s Jubilee and Alice in Wonderland. This year however they celebrated all things Yorkshire! The identity of the yarn bombers is a total mystery but each year they decorate over 40 meters along the famous Saltburn pier railings with their beautiful creations. I was lucky to move home from university just in time to catch their fabulous new display, so I grabbed my camera and headed down to the pier to find it covered with knitted figures, landmarks and phrases linked to the much-loved county.
Although it was a typical cold British day at the seaside, the pier was still filled with people of all ages eager to get a glimpse of these wonderful knitted designs! The creations include pots of famous Yorkshire tea and cakes, Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit and common Yorkshire phrases such as “bloomin ‘eck” and “it’ll be reet.” I also spotted a nod to the Yorkshire sport of ‘Welly Wanging’ which sees competitors hurl a Wellington boot as far as possible, along with a small knitted tribute to David Hockney, sat with his easel- who often painted the Yorkshire countryside. The Saltburn yarnbombing always brings the community together each summer as its something everyone can enjoy, I know that I definitely look forward to it each year!
Living away at university for the year has really made me appreciate my time at home whenever I return, especially with my house so close to both the beach and the countryside- it’s so easy to get sucked into the hustle and bustle of Newcastle and forget how peaceful it is back at home! If you’re ever in the area or simply want a day trip out but unsure of where to go, then Saltburn is just an hours drive or train ride from Newcastle and with a fabulous beach and a wonderful old Victorian pier and cliff lift, it’d be a shame not to visit!