A village which has used residents' knickers and underpants as bunting for its fete is looking to use single socks this year. Stansfield, near Haverhill, Suffolk, used donated underwear in 2009 as a cheaper alternative to buying normal bunting.
The socks will be used to decorate the village hall area on 19 July. Fay Grindley, village hall treasurer, said: "Everyone seems to have stray
single socks which mysteriously lose their partners in the wash."
The organisers of the 2009 fete decided they did not want to spend money on
traditional ready-made bunting and the knickers and underpants idea originated
during a meeting at the local pub. Ms Grindley said: "Since the knickers we've been scratching our heads for a way to follow it
"Someone suggested socks, so we have launched an appeal asking people to
donate their old, odd socks - clean obviously. Garlands of socks maybe doesn't sound as eye-catching as knicker bunting,
but we thought it was still quirky enough and should publicise the village fete