A GROUP of knitters in Chippenham have given the town a Christmas makeover after placing festive knitted items on street furniture.

More than 50 bollard covers have been placed along the length of the High Street, which include Christmas themed characters such as Santa and snowmen.

Members of the Knit and Knatter group, who meet every Friday morning at the Salvation Army, made the covers over several months to bring the Christmas spirit to Chippenham.

“I’m part of a knitting group and I’d always wanted to do this,” said Helen Osborne, who organised the Christmas themed stunt having been a member of the Knit and Knatter group since August.

“I thought I would like to do it in Chippenham and I just decided that the bollards would be a good thing to do.

“Different people and groups do different things and one point of Chippenham I thought we could cover was the bollards which would be perfect for Christmas decorations.

“We made over 50 and managed to cover the whole high street.”

Members spent Sunday (December 4) evening placing the festive knitted items in the town, with plans to donate them to charity once they have been removed.

“It’s been absolutely fantastic, a few people were coming past when we put them up and they thought it was great and they took pictures,” added Mrs Osborne.

“This morning [Monday] there’s all sorts of comments on social media about how nice it is to have something jolly to look at.

“They are going to be exposed to the elements so I think a lot of them will not be usable but some might make quite nice hats.”