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GoGoHares hop into action today

PUBLISHED: 12:50 24 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:27 25 June 2018

The official start of the GoGo Hares trail in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

The official start of the GoGo Hares trail in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

Archant 2018

They are finally hare!

Iyana (left) and Amena (right) Etwi-Barimah from Sparhawk school with the Art-Hare outside The Forum in Norwich. Photo: Mark Ivan BenfieldIyana (left) and Amena (right) Etwi-Barimah from Sparhawk school with the Art-Hare outside The Forum in Norwich. Photo: Mark Ivan Benfield

This morning all 50 hares have sprung up across Norwich, with 18 more scattered around the county to form the most extensive GoGo trails yet.

Each of the 50 city hares represents a year in the life of children’s charity Break.

And of the 18 county ‘Moongazer’ hares, one had a very special arrival.

Warden Willow was delivered to its home at Salhouse Broad by taking a trip on a wherry on Sunday.

Eight-year-old Joshua Self with grandparents Joanna and Graham Coe. Picture: Ian BurtEight-year-old Joshua Self with grandparents Joanna and Graham Coe. Picture: Ian Burt

Helen Vinsen, of the GoGoHares team, said: “This has been two and a half years in the making after we launched in June 2016.

“It has been a really popular, iconic animal to choose. People are loving that it is a local, indigenous creature. They have been lovely for the artists to work with because there is a wonderful synergy and lines with the hares which they have all found really attractive.

“The sun is shining, families are out having a lovely time getting fit while enjoying the art.

“In the 50th year of Break these trails are such a brilliant thing for a charity which is all about families.

“People have genuinely seemed to be counting the days off for this to start. We are really touched by the amount of people who have followed us through the journey.

“It is a huge project. We have had people contacting us saying they have booked holidays in Norfolk to come and see the hares.
“What is lovely about this year is we have extended the trail out from Norwich.

“The trail outside in Norfolk includes 18 hares so people can go by bus or train, and some of them are cyclable.”

Running alongside the city and county trails there has also been a GoGoCreate learning programme which has given schools, clubs and organisations the chance to create their own leaping leverets that will form another city centre trail from July 2.

The official start of the GoGo Hares trail in Norwich. Pictured is Holly Hare sponsored by the Eastern Daily Press and the Evening News. Picture: Ian BurtThe official start of the GoGo Hares trail in Norwich. Pictured is Holly Hare sponsored by the Eastern Daily Press and the Evening News. Picture: Ian Burt

The city and moongazer GoGoHares trails will run from June 24 to September 8 and the GoGoCreate trail of leaping leverets will run from July 2 to September 2 in Norwich.

All three trails have been organised by Break and Wild in Art.

For more information about GoGoHares, visit www.gogohares.co.uk

For more information about Break and the work the charity does to support children, young people and families in need, visit www.break-charity.org

The official start of the GoGo Hares trail in Norwich. Pictured are Graham Coe and Joanne Coe with their grandson Joshua Self (8). Picture: Ian BurtThe official start of the GoGo Hares trail in Norwich. Pictured are Graham Coe and Joanne Coe with their grandson Joshua Self (8). Picture: Ian Burt

The official start of the GoGo Hares trail in Norwich. Pictured is Project Manager Martin Green. Picture: Ian BurtThe official start of the GoGo Hares trail in Norwich. Pictured is Project Manager Martin Green. Picture: Ian Burt

The official start of the GoGo Hares trail in Norwich. Pictured is Professor Hare and his Magic Library. Picture: Ian BurtThe official start of the GoGo Hares trail in Norwich. Pictured is Professor Hare and his Magic Library. Picture: Ian Burt

The official start of the GoGo Hares trail in Norwich. Picture: Ian BurtThe official start of the GoGo Hares trail in Norwich. Picture: Ian Burt

One of the GoGoHares. Photo: Mark Ivan BenfieldOne of the GoGoHares. Photo: Mark Ivan Benfield

Ridgeons lorry ready to transport some of the GoGoHares. Photo: Mark Ivan BenfieldRidgeons lorry ready to transport some of the GoGoHares. Photo: Mark Ivan Benfield

Ridgeons moving Sally the GoGoHare. Photo: Mark Ivan BenfieldRidgeons moving Sally the GoGoHare. Photo: Mark Ivan Benfield

Wherry's Olive and White Moth arriving at Salhouse. Photo: Mark Ivan BenfieldWherry's Olive and White Moth arriving at Salhouse. Photo: Mark Ivan Benfield

GoGoHare Warden Willow arrives by Olive the Wherry with Fiona Gowen (left) and Doo Spalding (right). Photo: Mark Ivan BenfieldGoGoHare Warden Willow arrives by Olive the Wherry with Fiona Gowen (left) and Doo Spalding (right). Photo: Mark Ivan Benfield

Chrome Hare, one of the GoGoHares in North Lodge Park, Cromer. Photo: Mel SetonChrome Hare, one of the GoGoHares in North Lodge Park, Cromer. Photo: Mel Seton

Georgina O'Connell with Harey Spider - one of the GoGoHares in Norwich. Photo: Olivia O’Connell from Ron Phillips PhotographyGeorgina O'Connell with Harey Spider - one of the GoGoHares in Norwich. Photo: Olivia O’Connell from Ron Phillips Photography

Harleston's GoGoHare. Photo: Clayton HudsonHarleston's GoGoHare. Photo: Clayton Hudson

Narni-Hare, one of the GoGoHares in Norwich, being revealed. Photo: Olivia O’Connell from Ron Phillips PhotographyNarni-Hare, one of the GoGoHares in Norwich, being revealed. Photo: Olivia O’Connell from Ron Phillips Photography

Narni-Hare, one of the GoGoHares in Norwich. Photo: Olivia O’Connell from Ron Phillips PhotographyNarni-Hare, one of the GoGoHares in Norwich. Photo: Olivia O’Connell from Ron Phillips Photography

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