A group of “Ninja Knitters” adorned Strathaven in red, white and blue for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this weekend.
However, the celebration of Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne by the Strathaven Combat Crochet and Knitting Ninjas was marred by vandalism and the theft of some of the colorful creations, which required hours and hours of work.
The Jubilee coincides with the city’s gala week and organizers can’t believe that just hours after the display was put up, it was targeted.
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A member of the group told Lanarkshire Live: “Unfortunately since we put it up on Tuesday night it has been vandalized and two of the queens and two of the guards have been stolen.
“We expected verbal criticism, as Jubilee isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but degrading a public art project that hours have been invested in is despicable.”
The Knitting Ninjas help spread joy throughout the city and have already created Easter displays as well as more poignant displays such as the city blanket in Poppies.
They created thousands of handcrafted poppies and raised £1,000 for PoppyScotland.
The band member continued, “How lucky is HRH that his jubilee coincides with the gala week!
“The Ninjas were more than happy to get the flags out. As always, our thanks to Stewart Daniels for the great photos and to The Scottish firecracker for his video and to all the team who worked so hard on this project.
“We still have a few things to show. Pay attention to the details of a selfie opportunity.”
The anonymous group began bombing the city in 2017 after being inspired by a similar event at the New Lanark Heritage Village, creating pieces for the Strathaven Gala.
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