Saltburn Yarnbomber

Thousands of holidaying Britton’s headed to seaside resorts for the Easter holiday weekend and we were no different. With jumpers and coats and plenty of layers we braced ourselves for a weekend “up north” to visit family.

We made the trip to the victorian seaside town of Salburn-by-the-Sea along with our two children and two beagles, who were desperate to get on the beach as soon as we got there. It never ceases to amaze me, and indeed put a smile on my face, to see a packed beach with families and their pets enjoying the great outdoors, in what can only be described as a typical damp British Bank Holiday weekend. As the rain came down, they walked, they ran, they paddled in the sea, they played ball games and frisbee and ate fish and chips.

As we strolled slowly along the planks of the pier I was keen to view the acclaimed knitted Olympians as featured in the Daily Mail last month.


Hundreds of visitors have been delighted with the sight of more than 50 metres of knitted Olympic athletes striking a pose on Saltburn Pier. The identity of the nifty knitter, nicknamed the “Saltburn Yarnbomber,” remains a mystery but this isn’t his or her debut. Previous displays have included a teddy bears picnic last year on the town’s Marine Parade and a 6ft long scarf complete with knitted books was left outside the local library. As hundreds flock to this beautiful seaside resort to see this display of woollen graffiti, I think it would be safe to say that if Saltburn council had hired the best PR agency in the country, in an attempt to boost tourism, they would never have come up with a tactic like this!



4 thoughts on “Saltburn Yarnbomber

  1. What a fantastic display, like you said no PR co could have even thought of such brilliance. And fab to see that a bit of rain never put off a northern seaside town. My hubby is from Hartlepool so I have been part of that sitting on the beach while Sand was blowing in your face or being drenched from the rain. Infact i’m not sure that in 27 yrs I’ve ever been to seaton Carew’s beach when it’s been sunny!!

    Have fun guys, I’m leaving Sheffield for Selby today (whoop whoop) so may see you on the car park I mean M1 on Monday. x

    • Lovely photos Sally . Love the figures what a great display. As for northern beaches in the rain been there done that ! But Lynn you might need to sit down for this – 29/06/08 was sunny on Seaton Carew beach. We travelled up from sunny Cookham , Berks that week and at 3pm on the 29th we got married in the seafront Staincliffe Hotel ( my husband is originally from Easington Colliery ) we then walked across the road & had photos taken in the sunshine on the beach !!! Shame it wasnt the same the following year . Went to stay in the hotel for our anniversary & couldnt see the sea for fog !! Lol.

      • Thanks Jill! We also visited Beamish this weekend, an area I am sure you are familiar with! We have had the best weekend in not particularly brilliant weather but it hasn’t affected anything we wanted to do. Still there were people queuing for chips and sat on benches by the sea eating them in the rain. Love it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>