Elmer's Big Parade — Ipswich’s art trail featuring 55 individually designed elephants, based on the much loved children’s character, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant — only opened up this weekend but has caught the eyes of many in the town.
Hundreds of visitors came to the Town Hall, which was doubling up as Elmer HQ, to start their journey around Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk– established by fund-raiser Norman Lloyd and his colleagues at St Elizabeth Hospice, and supported by the Borough Council.
Families and children of all ages “bagged” elephants big and small – there are 55 big Elmers in total – and organisers are confident this year’s trail will surpass even the magnificent Pigs Gone Wild trail of 2017. Town Hall staff reported visitors coming in every 20 seconds – that’s 350 in less than two hours.
It has been great to see the excitement they are generating, especially in the young. The new Elmer HQ in the Town Hall was really buzzing in the morning – and with a big Elmer within the room, I am sure it will help entice thousands more people into the Town Hall than normally call in.Russell Williams, Council Chief Executive
If you want to visit the art trail, from next Sunday (June 23rd) you can park in the Crown multi-storey car park on Sundays for up to three hours for free.
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