Woolly soldier memorial unveiled as Armistice Day tribute by ‘Knitting Banksy’

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A life-sized knitted soldier (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Wire)
A life-sized knitted soldier (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Wire)

A life-sized knitted soldier has been placed at a war memorial thanks to an anonymous crafting enthusiast known only as Knitting Banksy

The work has been positioned next to the War Memorial Clock Tower in Syston, Leicestershire ahead of Remembrance Day on Thursday.

The knitted soldier has been placed next to the War Memorial Clock Tower in Syston, Leicestershire (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Wire)
The knitted soldier has been placed next to the War Memorial Clock Tower in Syston, Leicestershire (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Wire)

The identity of the artist is not known, but she has built up a level of fame thanks to her creations – including her post box toppers – which have been popping up around the Leicestershire town for the last two years.

Among the works she has placed atop local pillar boxes include tributes to the Queen FA Cup winners Leicester City and actor Stephen Graham as well as a bust of a soldier for last year’s Armistice Day.

Now she has gone one better by creating an entire life-sized soldier out of wool.

The mysterious crafter has been compared to street artist Banksy (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Wire)
The mysterious crafter has been compared to street artist Banksy (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Wire)

The stealthy knitter has earned comparisons with anonymous street artist Banksy, hence her nickname.

She told the BBC she was choosing to remain anonymous so she could “stay in the shadows”.

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