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Tightly-knit community turn to guerilla knitting over Sainsbury's approval in Cheddar

By Ian_Mat  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

  • The iconic strawberry hints at the village's connection to the Strawberry Line

  • Keep Cheddar Special is also the name of an anti-supermarket campaign in Cheddar

  • Think Local is in support of village businesses fearing against the retail impact of Sainsbury's

  • Dead celebrity Amy Winehouse painted outside the empty butchers

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Move over Banksy, 'Knitsy' is taking over.

Unknown guerilla knitters are striking a blow for Cheddar against the controversial decision to build a Sainsbury's in the village.

Many feel they have been 'stitched up' and taken to knitted graffiti.

Red woolly placards like Keep Cheddar Special and Think Local have sprung up outside eyesore Chicks Butchers on Bath Street and an informal notice board across the road after Sedgemoor District Council gave go-ahead to the supermarket on Friday.

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The identities of the yarn bombers is a closely guarded secret, in the vein of Bristol superstar graffiti artist Banksy.

The Cheddar Valley Gazette has dubbed the anonymous knit-and-runners the Strawberry Stitchers, due to their use of strawberry red weave and the villages's connection to the famed Strawberry Line.

More traditional street art in the guise of a red-and-black Amy Winehouse has also appeared outside the vacant butcher shop.

An insider to the movement said: "The knitting notices can be called knitted graffiti or urban knitting or yarn bombing or guerilla knitting.

"It can be political or heart-warming or just funny. Anyone is welcome to join in to knit the village.

"It was meant as a protest about big corporations coming to take over our glorious peaceful village."

The Strawberry Stitchers' efforts have been tame in comparison with other national and international groups.

A 'tank cosy' called Pompoms for Peace was made in Scotland, a bull statue on a New York street was cocooned in pink-and-black weave and countless trees have been wrapped up cosy warm in 'branch stockings'.

Woolly-minded reactionaries or a tightly-knit political movement? Either way, the question remains WWBK - what would Banksy knit?

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