Meet the very real crochet fairies whose wonderful postbox creations in Pendle are delighting millions

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For the Barlick Yarn Fairies are very real indeed and their wonderful and unique creations have brought pleasure to millions of people in the past week since the death of the Queen.

The dazzling crown topper that drew over three million likes for the Barlick Yarn FairiesThe dazzling crown topper that drew over three million likes for the Barlick Yarn Fairies
The dazzling crown topper that drew over three million likes for the Barlick Yarn Fairies
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Yes, you did read that correctly... millions. For a photo shared on the Burnley Express facebook page of a crown topper crocheted by the fairies, who are based in Barnoldswick, was seen by at least three million people.

It was shared thousands of times and posted in several different knitting groups too.

The tribute to Her Majesty was lovingly crocheted and placed on the postbox at Castle Road in Colne by the fairies in the dead of night.

I managed to track down one of the fairies this week and she revealed anonymity was a key part of their existence and mystique.

This charming topper complete with a castle, soldier and the Queen's beloved corgis is currently on display in Barnoldswick. It was a tribute for the Queen's platinum jubilee this summer which the fairies adapted after her death by removing the Queen figureThis charming topper complete with a castle, soldier and the Queen's beloved corgis is currently on display in Barnoldswick. It was a tribute for the Queen's platinum jubilee this summer which the fairies adapted after her death by removing the Queen figure
This charming topper complete with a castle, soldier and the Queen's beloved corgis is currently on display in Barnoldswick. It was a tribute for the Queen's platinum jubilee this summer which the fairies adapted after her death by removing the Queen figure
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"If our creations can help to lift someone's spirits that makes us very happy," the fairy told me. "This is not about recognition for us as only our very close family and friends know who we are."

The fairies found each other in lockdown when they discovered they shared a love of crocheting. One of the first projects they became involved in was the Octopus for a Preemie project which is a group of people who crochet and knit little octopuses and jellyfish to comfort premature babies.

To the premature baby, the carefully made octopus's tentacles feel like their mother's umbilical cord.

Since then their crochet creations and toppers, which are designs made for the top of postboxes, have appeared regularly, usually at special occasions and events including Remembrance Sunday, VE Day, Mother's Day and the Queen's Platinum jubilee this summer. In the past two years they have made around 50 toppers.

How amazing does this topper look lit up at night?How amazing does this topper look lit up at night?
How amazing does this topper look lit up at night?
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The fairies faced a dilemma when they won a Pride of Barnoldswick award and had to come up with a way to conceal their identity.

"We got round it as it was during the time in the pandemic when you had to wear a mask. So we teamed those with bobble hats pulled right down, " said the fairy.