In the last week Marlborough’s postboxes have acquired some very natty crochet and knitted hats. Depicting the teddy bears’ picnic, a dinosaur family, a hedgehog family and the nursery rhyme ‘Hey diddle diddle’ the postboxes have put a smile on everyone’s faces. In Ramsbury a Mister Men postbox hat has mysteriously appeared and there are some in Devizes too.
Known as ‘yarn bombing’ the craze to decorate postboxes, lamp-posts, fences etc. swept the country in lockdown. The anonymous knitters sneak out in the middle of the night to decorate and the postboxes have been called Banksy postbox toppers!
Despite asking for information on Facebook’s Marlborough Notice Board, Marlborough.news has been unable to find out who these talented crafty crafters are. But everyone agrees they are beautiful and would like to thank the creators for brightening their day.
A few weeks ago BBC journalist, Belinda Goldsmith, brought out a book entitled, ‘Lockdown Letterboxes’ which is full of photographs of the very creative postbox hats. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the UK charity ‘Young Minds.’
Royal Mail do not object to the postbox hats so long as the letterboxes are not blocked. So, whoever you are, we look forward to seeing more on our walks around the town and local villages.