Have you seen the new ‘faces’ at Dosthill Park

Thursday, 23rd May 2019

DOSTHILL Park welcomes four new residents this week, as familiar characters arrive to create a new ‘Wind in the Willows’ sculpture trail around the park.

‘Wind in the Willows’ characters – Mr Toad, Ratty, Badger and Mole, have been brought to life by sculptor and artist Luke Perry, creator of the impressive Tamworth statue of the Anglo-Saxon warrior – Aethelflaed. The four sculptures have been given new homes throughout the park, ready for families to discover.

The two-metre tall metal sculptures, located in four areas of the park, are guaranteed to get visitors talking about the heart-warming tale of friendship, mishap and mayhem written and created by Kenneth Grahame.

The characters’ arrival is just in time for next month’s outdoor theatre performance of Wind in the Willows, which will be performed in the park by Quantum Theatre on June 16.

Tickets on now on sale via the booking line: 01827 709618 or visit the website: www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk/whats-on.

The sculptures arriving at Dosthill Park

The sculptures arriving at Dosthill Park

Sculptor Luke Perry said: “It’s always a great pleasure to work with Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events Team who are the most dedicated creatives that I have ever worked with.

“Making the sculptures was a really fun task as I have loved Wind in the Willows since I can remember. I have the picture of the full 1980’s BBC cast and recall the voices of David Jason as Toad. This inspired me to make sure that the pieces were as full of personality as the story itself. I hope that they are enjoyed by all.”

Tamworth Borough Council is celebrating this year’s Tamworth in Bloom campaign with the theme of ‘Blooming Tamworth’ – More than just flowers; with the focus on celebrating everything that is great about Tamworth including its community, events and history.

Blooming Tamworth is about the events and activities that make the town a great place to live, including live performances in our parks and open spaces.

Street Scene teams from Tamworth Borough Council will be out in force in the coming months to prepare the area for its summer floral display. At the same time, communities, groups, such as the volunteers who take care of our local nature reserves, businesses and individuals are getting involved with more exciting new projects.

One of the sculptures at Dosthill Park

One of the sculptures at Dosthill Park

As Tamworth is looking to strike gold for the tenth year in a row in the Heart of England in Bloom competition this year, the pressure is on to maintain the high standard of previous years.

Businesses are invited to join in by sponsoring a display; banners, planters, troughs and flowerbeds are all available for branding with the names of supporting companies.

To get involved in this year’s Tamworth In Bloom campaign, or for more information on sponsorship packages, contact Environmental Management on 01827 709445 or email environmentalmanagement@tamworth.gov.uk.


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