This morning, artists, sponsors and volunteers involved with Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk gathered on the Cornhill in Ipswich to mark the official opening of the St Elizabeth Hospice organised art trail.
Norman Lloyd, Campaign Manager for Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk, dressed once again in the fantastic patchwork suit created by one of the campaign sponsors, Coes, welcomed the Mayor of Ipswich Cllr Jan Parry, to assist in the ribbon cutting.
Commenting afterwards he said:
“It is lovely to see so many people from all different backgrounds here this morning to mark the beginning of our parade. Inclusivity and coming together as friends is what Elmer himself represents. As we have said before, none of this can happen without the support of our partners, sponsors, volunteers and participating artists so it is great to have them all represented here today.”
Elmer HQ was open and busy, with people particularly interested in the arrival of the brand new Souvenir Guide, a full colour book celebrating all the different Elmer designs displayed across the trail. This is on sale from today priced at £7.50 each.
To participate in the parade, visitors can pick up a map and learning herd guide from a number of town centre locations, for a suggested donation of £1. Full details of map stockists are available here.
The brand new Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk app is also available to download and details about this are available on the App page.
Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk is St Elizabeth Hospice’s latest art trail, organised in partnership with Wild in Art and Andersen Press. The sculptures are now out on parade until Saturday 7 September 2019.
It follows the successful ‘Pigs Gone Wild’ art trail in 2016, which attracted around 250,000 visitors to Ipswich and boosted the local economy by an estimated £1 million. It raised £200,000 for the hospice – enough to fund one week’s care.