VOLUNTEERS from West Northumberland Food Bank surprised morning visitors to Hexham Farmers’ Market on Saturday by ‘yarn-bombing’ the site as part of a campaign for EndHungerUK.

Knitted, crocheted and stitched food items were placed among the merchandise for shoppers to find and take home.

Volunteer Margi McAllister said: “No-one should need a food bank but West Northumberland Food Bank, here in Hexham, has had to help over 400 families since last October.

“We want people to think about the complex causes of poverty and food scarcity.”

The group said the yarn-bombing was a form of ‘craftivism’ – a quiet protest to engage others in a thoughtful approach to activism.

Volunteers made hand-crafted apples, cakes, hamburgers and other foods with labels attached about the work of food banks and the amount of real poverty in this country.