Author: Helen Cox

Helen Cox is a UK author. She made her on-screen debut in The Krankies in 1990. Given the choice, her Mastermind topic would be Grease 2 and when someone asks her if she is a god she says 'yes.' Oh, you want to know about her books? Best click some of the links below.

Postcards from Thirsk: Yarnbombing

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Thirsk, North Yorkshire is a small market town about thirty minutes north of York. It also happens to be the place I lived in during my teenage years. There, I attended school, frequented The Ritz Cinema and waitressed in a traditional tea-room so I could afford to buy records put out by unsigned indie bands who would disappear off the face of the planet after their debut single.

I have my suspicions that this unassuming little tourist haven is actually the secret centre of the universe, but that’s another story.  Today, I’m just sharing some cosy, woolly, photographs snapped in my one-time home town.

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Thirsk Yarn Bombers have recently ‘yarn-bombed’ the market square to celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire bike race, which passed through Thirsk a few weeks ago. Multi-coloured pom-poms and embroidered, woolen flags hang all around. Everywhere from bollards to bus shelters.

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Woolen produce? Not a surprising sight given the rural roots of the Thirsk community. It still isn’t unusual to see someone driving a pony and trap up the main roads of the town.

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No lampost is too long, no flower pot is too small. Woolly over-coats for all.

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Even the signage is in stitches.

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Toadstools are often found out in the Yorkshire forests or, in this case, stretched over a parking barrier on the main road into town.

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So many of the knitted decorations are inspired by the cultural emblems locals are proud of. Steam trains still rattle up and down the tracks of North Yorkshire railway lines, or what’s left of them after the closures of the late 20th century. These engineering giants of old still draw visitors from all over Britain, and indeed the world.

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And then there’s this Teletubbie. I’m not really sure what to say about that… something for the kids?

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This entry was posted on May 15, 2016 by in Author Blog and tagged , .
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