Photos Karen Everest
Festive postbox toppers have sprung up in Birchington.
Fourteen of the crochet decorations have been scattered on postboxes in the village thanks to the skills of resident Karen Everest and nine other volunteers.
Passers-by will be able to spot a host of brilliant knitted characters including Santa, reindeer, a robin and even elves tucking into their Christmas dinner.
Karen said: “We first started the tradition last year, topping 9 round post boxes – this year we have topped 14 boxes!
“Christmas can be a stressful time of year for many people, particularly this year having to deal with Covid. Our aim is to make people smile and lift the spirits and gauging the comments on Facebook, I think we have achieved this. The posties enjoy having their photos taken with them too!
“We are a small group of 10 who enjoy knitting/crochet: some individuals design their own box, others make a contribution to a box. This year we were able to use some of last year’s “stock”, circulating the toppers to a different box, there are new designs on five round boxes and the square boxes have new designs.
“We have let our imaginations loose and we have a Santa that has fallen down the chimney, with a reindeer looking very fed up; a gingerbread man trying to dress a tree with a robin helping by holding the paper chain; elves enjoying Christmas lunch; a choir of angels, to mention just a few.”