As is well known to confused foreigners, the Queen has two birthdays, one her actual birth-date and the other an official day of celebration.
The official birthday fell on a rainy June 11th this year - and is her 90th.
The town of Cheadle decided to eschew the usual (and rather tired) idea of having photos of the Queen and Union Jacks everywhere. Instead they chose to fill the town with newly-knitted red-white-and-blue items - mostly long scarf-like strands, but also eccentric bollard coverings and others... Apparently this concept is called yarn-bombing.
In the picture you can see the knitted bits and bobs festooning the town's famous & ancient market cross.