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George is revealed as the winning design in our GoGoDragons! competition

09:27 26 October 2014

Competition winner John Checketts, left, meets artist Martin Wall and the GoGoDragons at a secret location. Photo: Bill Smith

Competition winner John Checketts, left, meets artist Martin Wall and the GoGoDragons at a secret location. Photo: Bill Smith

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England’s brave and gallant patron saint is the inspiration behind the winning entry in our design-a-dragon competition.

Competition winner John Checketts, left, meets artist Martin Wall and the GoGoDragons at a secret location. Photo: Bill SmithCompetition winner John Checketts, left, meets artist Martin Wall and the GoGoDragons at a secret location. Photo: Bill Smith

Drawing on the legend of St George and the Dragon, 75-year-old John Checketts’ clever design sees the two characters become one, with the armour of St George worn by the fire-breathing beast. Mr Checketts’ idea beat more than 250 other great entries to be picked as the design for the EDP and Norwich Evening News-sponsored sculpture which will be part of the GoGoDragons! charity art trail through Norwich next year. There will be 80 dragons in the trail - which is being organised by children’s charity Break and Wild in Art - and George will watch over the city from our head office, Prospect House.

“I was very surprised - to win was quite a delight,” said Mr Checketts, a retired art teacher from Wells who said he developed his idea by playing around with the lines on the dragon template.

“Out of that came the idea I could link the lines up to be a bit like armour, and I thought of St George and the Dragon. I still wanted it to be a dragon so I kept bits of the green dragon popping through in the design.”

Mr Checketts’ design will be recreated on the dragon sculpture by North Walsham-based artist Martin Wall who decorated Iron Ape, Batgrill and Bradley Wiggins for the 2013 GoGoGorillas! trail through Norwich. By coincidence, Mr Wall had also created a St George-themed dragon design and so elements of Mr Checketts and Mr Wall’s designs will be combined for our dragon.

GoGoDragons design competition winner. Pictured: George the Dragon by John Checketts, age 75.GoGoDragons design competition winner. Pictured: George the Dragon by John Checketts, age 75.

“Great minds think alike,” said 55-year-old Mr Wall, about the uncanny similarities between the designs.

“I think the amalgamation of St George and the Dragon will work well, because you imagine a dragon as having armoured skin so to give that a metallic feeling I think will look good.”

For more on GoGoDragons! visit www.break-charity.org

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