Brave GoGoHare will be joined by a familiar face
PUBLISHED: 17:48 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:57 19 April 2018
Mark Ivan Benfield
Most small mammals would quake under the watchful the gaze of a dragon, but one brave hare will sporting his regiment’s colours with pride in this year’s GoGoHares trail.
And visitors to The Marching Hare’s home in Norwich’s Unthank Road might get more than they bargained for by spotting one of the popular GoGoDragons keeping a watchful eye on one of his successors.
The sculpture’s spot outside Dragon House, on the roundabout at the top of Unthank Road near the Georgian Townhouse and Cathedral of St John the Baptist, is the base for sponsors BT Local Business Norfolk and Suffolk.
The communications company bought Patch the GoGoDragon, and fans will no doubt be delighted to see him again, peering out of one of the windows at all the trail-goers.
The Marching Hare will be one of 50 characters decorating Norwich for the trail, organised by children’s charity Break and Wild in Art.
BT Local Business directors Mike Kenny and Nathan Defew said they were keen to work with Break during its 50th anniversary and to support such a deserving charity.
Mr Kenny said: “We thought this would be a good opportunity for us to give something back to a charity which does some amazing work in Norfolk and in our community.
“As a father-of-three I know that dealing with kids is hard and what Break does and the opportunities they give is amazing.”
Both Mr Kenny and Mr Defew chose The Marching Hare as their favourite at the exhibition of potential designs, without knowing each other had picked exactly the same one.
Mr Kenny said: “This building used to be the RAF and Army careers office and we also found out it was used as a headquarters for the British Red Cross in this area, so it seemed fitting.”
Artist Philip Yorke, of Swanton Morley, spent about 50 hours painting his design onto the sculpture.
Mr Yorke, who created Darwin the Dragon for Pensthorpe for the GoGoDragons trail, said he came up with several different designs for the hares.
He said: “This idea came from turning a March hare into marching hare and then idea of turning it into a soldier.
“I thought a 17th Century soldier would be more fun.”