The Guerilla Knitters from The Fluff-a-torium Yarn Bomb The Dorking Cockerel
Not just once - but twice!
For those of you not familiar with our home town of Dorking in Surrey, the emblem is a Cockerel. I know, - of all things. And a few years ago, the council commissioned a rather spectacular metal Cockerel sculpture, which stands in the centre of a roundabout at one side of the town. This now iconic Cockerel not only has his own facebook page (!) but is regularly decorated with various regalia according to the time of year.
Unsuspecting and upstanding members of The Knit and Knatter Group at The Fluff-a-torium by day; Undercover "Guerilla" Knitters of Dorking by night, - they collectively knitted a 25ft Red White and Blue Scarf - with gargantuan matching bobble hat, to dress the Cockerel in readiness for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Understandably, the operation was conducted under the cover of darkness, with members dressed incognito - as the royal family - no less.
Applauded by everyone as a huge success, the cockerel remained dressed in red white and blue until the Queen had sailed down the Thames, and the British rain caused slight knitted 'sagging'!
The pressure was now on for an Olympic equivalent, and the knitting Guerillas turned their attentions to a knitted Gold Medal. Another undercover mission was carried out, where the knitters held their own gold medal ceremony on the roundabout - a gold medal was awarded to the Cockerel for "The longest time standing still on a roundabout". A new Olympic Sport.
Once again, the knitting chenanigans were received with rapturous applause, with locals and council members alike enthusing over the Cockerel's new look. He even made it to the Daily Mail's website. (Not that that is any sort of accolade, but it demonstrates the incredible enormity of the situation :-)
Quite rightly, the Dorking Cockerel was appropriately dressed in time for the Olympic Roadraces which came through Dorking this summer.
If you'd like to get involved with the next 'yarn bomb', they meet every Friday 10-12 in the studio upstairs above The Fluff-a-torium. If they're not there, it's probably cos they've been arrested for trespassing on a roundabout...