‘Banksy of Knitting’ helps ‘brighten people’s lives’ with Jubilee trail

A woman dubbed the ‘Banksy of knitting’ has teamed up with residents of Wirral to create a postbox trail to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Earlier this month, ECHO revealed that Sandra Birch, 59, from Wallasey, was behind a series of crochet toppers that were mysteriously appearing in the area. And now Sandra has teamed up with the Wallasey Village in Bloom group and the Wallasey Girl Guides to put on a commemorative display of nine toppers ahead of next weekend’s festivities.

Wallasey Village in Bloom member Valerie Hemmingway told ECHO: “We are a group of volunteers who have transformed the village of Wallasey with our flower plantings. Some of us like to knit and crochet and that’s how a sub-group emerged where we all joined forces to make letterbox mattress toppers.

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She added: “In January we decided to go all out for her Jubilee Year and create some mailbox toppers to celebrate. We got together with our models and our ideas and everyone chose a theme.

The group reached out to Sandra and another resident crocheter, Julie Walker, to help make the trail even more spectacular.

Valerie said: “We thought it would be a good idea to create a map so that over the Jubilee weekend when people are away they can walk around the village and find where each topper is. We just thought it would be something fun to do with the whole family.

The trail is made up of nine different mailboxes

The trail attracted a lot of attention on social media, with one Facebook user commenting: ‘Fantastic and very clever, they brighten up our lives’, while another said: ‘We are very lucky to have people talented here in this corner of the Wiral”.

And Valérie and the rest of the team are delighted with the reception given to their work. Valerie said: “We really appreciate all the feedback. There are lots of groups in Bloom now across the Wirral and they all go out of their way to create a nice community atmosphere.”

You can follow the trail by visiting the following places:

  1. Crown – Corner of Broadway Avenue and Claremount Road

  2. Crown on cushion – Parkside Vets

  3. Queen – Flower Ashley Tea Room

  4. Crown – Grove Road Chemist

  5. Windsor Castle – Corner of Gorveland Avenue and Stanley Avenue

  6. Grenadier Guards – Green Lane

  7. Queen and Castle – Mockbeggar Drive

  8. Coach and Footman – Corner of Saltburn Road and Greenleas Road

  9. Guide Campfire – Leasowe Road