Costa Blanca's Benitachell town gets crocheting

FIESTAS DECORATIONS: Sun awnings made from crocheted plastic

BENITACHELL streets will be adorned with handmade decorations for the 250th anniversary of the Santa Magdalena fiestas next July.
Beforehand, residents collected plastic bags that were cut into strips and crocheted into motives for wall hangings and awnings over the streets in an initiative inspired by Valverde de la Vera (Caceres).
“Fascinated by the idea, we are adapting it to our possibilities and needs,” explained the town hall’s departments for the Elderly, the Environment and fiestas.
The environmentally-friendly project will also strengthen links between local residents, especially the elderly who account for more than 30 per cent of Benitachell’s population, the town hall explained.
The scheme was introduced to the public during the recent Christmas Market at the Tejiendo la Calle stall explaining the scheme and demonstrating how the motives are made.
Containers for the plastic bags are being distributed throughout the town and workshops and meetings are to be organised for associations, groups and residents who wish to take part. The awnings and two wall hangings for the Plaza de la Iglesia will be put next July.
“Not only are they decorative but they will have served a social and environmental purpose, too,” said Fiestas councillor Mayte Roldan.
Photo credit: Benitachell town hall

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