Not content with buying beautifully printed or woven flags from Flagmakers, some community groups in Bath have joined forces to produce hundreds of yards of knitted flags and bunting to adorn the Assembly Rooms frontage as their part in the Olympic Torch Relay.
A total of 2,454 knitted pennants have been produced by twenty groups of knitters, ranging from Keynsham Girl Guides to German tourists. The display also includes a 50cm tall Olympic torch by local knitwear designer Sue Bradley, who admits that the ‘knitted flame’ was one of the most unusual commissions she’s ever undertaken.
Lib-Dem Councillor, Cherry Beath, said, “This is an imaginative way to welcome the Torch Relay to Bath and has got all sorts of people involved in the excitement. It ties in with the Fashion Museum’s current Sport and Fashion exhibition as part of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s programme of activities designed to celebrate the 2012 Olympics coming to Great Britain.”
In keeping with the Olympic Legacy, when it’s all over, the bunting will be turned into blankets and donated to good causes. And all those ‘guerilla knitters’ who installed them under the cover of darkness, can return to their more sedate pastimes of producing woolly jumpers and scarves.