The bunting, featuring yellow, green, white and polka dot jumpers to represent the winners’ jerseys in the race, had been hung in Masham, near Ripon, by Harrogate Borough Council following an appeal by the authority to decorate the district.
Over six months, hundreds of schoolchildren, women’s institutes, craft groups and knitters from as far afield as Australia and the Arctic Circle created 23,453 jumpers for the display.How heart-warming!
A month after the bunting was hung in the town’s Market Place, and less than three weeks before 20,000 visitors are expected to visit Masham to see the race, residents and traders were stunned to see hundreds of the knitted jumpers being taken down by tree surgeons.How typical. Let me guess, someone complained?
North Yorkshire County Council, which owns the lampposts, said it had asked the borough council to remove the bunting on safety grounds.
It is believed the weight of the bunting increased after rain, causing lampposts to lean.Blimey!