Dragon fans’ delight as Norwich’s fiery friends return to the city
08:10 28 September 2015
Copyright Archant Norfolk 2015
Norwich’s fiery superstars have flown back to the city for one last hurrah before they are auctioned off at a charity auction later this week.
The mythological marvels made the city their home this summer when they took their places on the GoGoDragons! charity art trail brought to Norwich by children’s charity Break and Wild in Art.
Today they returned for a special “Last Chance To See” event at The Forum where they received a warm welcome from thousands of delighted dragon fans. Huge crowds gathered to see the winged warriors who will be on display until Wednesday.
GoGoDragons! project manager Martin Green said: “Thousands of people turned up to see the dragons - just the sheer number of people was amazing. We should have opened at 12pm but there were people queuing from 8am. It has been absolutely amazing. There was a massive queue all day inside and outside The Forum.”
Among the people visiting the dragons was Natalie Sadler, 28, from Sprowston, with her children Liam, five, and Maisy, three.
Natalie said: “The dragons have kept the children entertained all summer and they wanted to see them all again. Liam’s favourite is Spidy and Maisy likes The Dragtabulous Delores - I like them all!”
Anita and Aaron Caldwell, both 30 and from Blofield Heath, went to see the dragons with their son Cameron, two, and 12-year-old niece Hannah Gurney.
Anita said: “We love the dragons and they are for a great cause. Our favourite is Dragonfly, and it was great fun to see them altogether.”
Rachel Lewis, 34, from North Elmham, was there with her mother Jackie Buck, 69, and children Jack, one, and Ellie, eight.
She said: “The GoGoDragons! have been amazing for the city and it has been so lovely to see everybody doing the trail. We hope they do another trail in a couple of years - we would like to see bunny rabbits next time!”
On Thursday night the dragons are set to be sold at a charity auction at The Forum to raise funds for Break. The event will be hosted by TV presenter and Break patron Jake Humphrey and Mike Sarson from TW Gaze, and the hope is the dragons will raise even more money than their 2013 predecessors, the GoGoGorillas!, who fetched £272,300.
Mr Green said: “It’s going to be emotional saying goodbye to the dragons but this is the culmination of 16 months of hard work. I am excited for the auction - we have already had some very exciting bids.”
Each of the dragons was designed by a local artist and sponsored by a local organisation.
The GoGoDragons! will be on show at The Forum 9am-7pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tickets for the auction on Thursday night are sold out but you can submit pre-bids for the dragons at www.gogodragons.co.uk
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