It is official, Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk is live!
The Elmer team met logistics partner, Palletways UK, at 5am this morning to start the install, supported by trusty and dedicated volunteers, Graham Shemmings and Paul Seymour.
By around 10.30am all 55 large Elmer sculptures and 84 young Elmer sculptures were in position, with many already welcoming visitors and experiencing their first selfies!
Today also marked the first day of opening for the brand new Elmer HQ, housed in Gallery 2 of Ipswich Town Hall, thanks to supporting partner Ipswich Borough Council.
Norman Lloyd, Campaign Manager for Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk said: “This day has been a long time coming!
“It has taken a tremendous amount of hard work to get us to this point but I, and the rest of the Elmer team, are so proud of our sculptures and this wonderful campaign and we just hope that the Ipswich’s residents and visitors love it all as much as we do.
“These Elmers are for the community of Ipswich, to raise important awareness and funds for St Elizabeth Hospice of course but also to boost our county town and bring lots more visitors in to discover what we have to offer.
“We hope that everyone will treasure our Elmers and look after them for us for the next twelve weeks.”
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 each. The brand new Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk app is also now available to download. Information about where to find Elmer literature and how to access the app is available on the Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk website: www.elmersbigparadesuffolk.co.uk
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 will be 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.