THE Yarn Bombers who decorate Ellesmere with pop-up knitted displays were recently awarded with special recognition.

Mandy Thorn, High Sheriff of Shropshire, visited the group at Moolah in Scotland Street to present a High Sheriff’s Award to members of the ‘secretive’ group who arrived ‘incognito’ at the event.

She was impressed by the group’s magical work over the last seven years, creating knitted or crocheted figures to adorn the town.


The most recent display featured characters from the Harry Potter series that decorated trees, benches, and postboxes in Ellesmere, which attracted comments in the national press and from around the world online.

The High Sheriff said: “This is a very special award and only about 15 are given each year. I am so impressed by all that you have achieved.”

Cllr Anne Wignall, mayor of Ellesmere, who had nominated the group, praised the group’s efforts in decorating and promoting the town.

She added: “The Yarn Bombers bring happiness to residents and visitors to the town.

“They celebrate high days and holidays throughout the year with recent themes including Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Springtime, and the King’s Coronation.

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“However, we really don’t know who they are.”

Members of the group, who fiercely protect their identities, had knitted beards to ensure that they could not be recognized by the press.

Nevertheless, they were prepared to be interviewed, and stressed that this was always a group effort and great friendships had been forged, particularly during Covid when their only means of communication was via their secret WhatsApp group.

“It was a lifeline,” said one member, who did not want to be named.

Another said: “We share ideas, patterns, wool and vegetables, and are there to support each other through thick and thin.

“Everyone makes you welcome.”

Most members had started on this journey at the daytime Knit and Natter sessions at the Red Lion or at the evening gatherings at Moolah.

“We welcome anyone who would like to join us, especially people who are new to the area. You don’t need to knit or crochet, just come along and meet new friends,” they said.

Cllr Wignall added: “Many thanks to Moolah for hosting the event and providing canapes and fizz.”