Can you find the knitted mice hidden in North-east shops?

Knitted mice in shops in Banff.

Businesses have joined forces to offer a group of knitted mice somewhere to keep warm in the run-up to Christmas.

The woolly creatures have been placed in shop windows around Banff as part of a mouse hunt competition run by the parish church.

Adults and children are being challenged to find the mice hiding among gifts and decorations.

Winners will mark off the hiding places of Chris-mouse – and his 32 friends.

Moria Gess, outreach co-ordinator at Banff Parish Church, said the idea came from an event earlier in the year.

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She said: “At the Coastal Fringe Festival in May we had knitted mice hidden round the church for children to find.

“So we have kind of expanded that and all the shopkeepers in Banff have got on board.

“It is a free bit of Christmas fun for the community rather than a fundraiser.”

Church session clerk Elinor Smith was involved in making the mice.

She said: “I knitted some of them but there was quite a crowd of us involved.

“I hope it promotes local businesses.”