Limited edition cards will celebrate Norwich’s ace troop of GoGo Gorillas!

Go Go Gorillas playing cards. Photo: Steve Adams Go Go Gorillas playing cards. Photo: Steve Adams

Monday, August 19, 2013
6:30 AM

What a summer it has been – brilliant weather, a British winner at Wimbledon, an Ashes series victory over Australia, the world premiere of the new Alan Partridge film in Norwich and, of course, those glorious GoGoGorillas! which have proved such a hit with families and visitors to this fine city.

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The fundraising art trail, comprising a troop of 54 colourfully-crafted life-size gorillas, together with 67 baby primates, has attracted thousands of people to Norwich, with so many trying to find each and every one that the organisers ran out of 100,000 trail maps in just four days.

The trail, which runs until September 7, even had an extra member – “Alan” – which was added to celebrate the world premiere of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa being shown in the city.

The project has been brought to life by Norfolk charity Break with arts educational company Wild in Art and the Born Free Foundation.

GoGoGorillas! project manager Martin Green said: “This is the biggest fundraising project Break has ever undertaken and it is a great source of pride and happiness to us all that our merry band of gorillas are on the streets of Norwich.”

Archant Norfolk – publishers of the EDP and Norwich Evening News – has celebrated the impact the trail has had on so many people this summer by bringing you a 16-page GoGoGorillas! souvenir supplement, giving youngsters the chance to design a gorilla themselves and even launching an innovative Tweet Trail so visitors can keep a picture memory of the experience.

But now we are offering readers the chance to trump their friends by owning a limited edition pack of GoGoGorillas! playing cards.

Nigel Pickover, editor, said: “A huge part of the fun and joy in Norwich’s superb summer of 2013 has been down to the GoGoGorillas! phenomenon.

“What a fantastic idea and hats off to the Break team and Wild in Art for pulling off such a major success story.

“We thought we’d cap it off with a souvenir so the gorillas will never be forgotten. We’re thrilled to bits with the outcome which will boost charity funds.”

• HOW TO GET YOUR HANDS ON OUR GOGOGORILLA PLAYING CARDS

From the streets of Norwich to a pack of cards – the city’s GoGoGorillas! has proved a hit with people of all ages following the trail, and now you can also play cards with a special deck inspired by the artistic apes.

The GoGoGorillas! charity art trail, organised by children’s charity Break and Wild in Art, stars 54 gorillas and each one is featured in the new deck of cards created by the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.

There are just 500 of these decks available, and we are giving our readers the chance to buy them for half-price by collecting tokens in the papers each day this week. The cards are available at a full price of £7 without tokens, but readers who collect six tokens printed in the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News from today until Saturday can purchase a pack of cards for just £3.50.

Readers can mix tokens from both papers.

Once you have collected the tokens, or if you want to pay the full £7, you can purchase the cards from your nearest Archant office.

As well as Archant’s Norwich head office Prospect House, in Rouen Road, the cards can be bought from our offices in: Mere Street, Diss; Blyburgate, in Beccles; King Street, in Great Yarmouth; London Road North, in Lowestoft; Church Street, in Cromer; High Street, in Dereham and Norwich Street, in Fakenham. Offices are open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays)

The cards are on a first-come-first-served basis and there are only 500 packs available, so act quickly to avoid disappointment.

Full price cards available to buy from Tuesday, August 20.

The GoGoGorillas! Art trail through Norwich runs until September 7.

• Don’t forget to try our GoGo Gorilla Tweet Trail, tweet photos of all 54 gorillas and you could win your own mini gorilla to take home - www.edp24.co.uk/gogogorillas/tweet-trail

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