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Photo gallery: Third GoGoDragon! gets set to be unveiled in Norwich today

07:00 25 September 2014

A sneak peek of the latest decorated GoGoDragon for the Break charity. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A sneak peek of the latest decorated GoGoDragon for the Break charity. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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With one of his eyes peeking out from beneath his blanket, the third GoGoDragon! is getting ready to be unveiled at an event in Norwich today.

Design-a-dragon competition

The Evening News and EDP are sponsoring the dragon that will sit outside our head office and we are holding a competition for readers to design our fiery beast.

People of all ages can enter and the winning design will be recreated on our dragon sculpture by a professional artist.

The closing date for entries is Monday, October 6 and designs should be submitted on the dragon template that can be downloaded at www.eveningnews24.co.uk and www.edp24.co.uk.

Entries should be sent to: Evening News and EDP Design-A-GoGoDragon! Competition, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE. Designs must be accompanied by the entrant’s name, age, address and contact telephone number, as well as a short statement explaining the design. Entries by people under 16 must also include the name and contact details of their parent or guardian. Normal Archant competition rules apply.

The fiery beast is one of a clan of dragons that will form a charity trail through Norwich in 2015 to raise funds for children’s charity Break.

Two other decorated dragons - Birdie and Cavell - were revealed at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show and today it is the turn of Biggles to take the limelight. He will be unveiled at 3pm at the Forum in Norwich where Break is holding a GoGoGorillas! afternoon to let people know more about the trail that is following in the footsteps of last year’s GoGoGorillas! trail.

Break’s fundraising events manager, Martin Green, who is leading the GoGoDragons! project with Wild in Art, said: “With the name Biggles, his design really explains itself. Biggles is sponsored by Almary Green and designed by Mik Richardson and both have connections to the RAF so it was important that they represented that.

“We’re really excited to unveil Biggles today. He’s completely different to the first two dragons and it will be great to see all three together and showcase the work of some talented local artists.”

Five undecorated adult dragons and two baby ones will also be at today’s event. They are among the 32 dragon sculptures that have just arrived in Norwich from Poland and were delivered to Break’s Norwich office yesterday ready to be transformed with creative designs in the coming months.

Mr Green said: “It is brilliant to have them all here - at the moment they look a bit like the Terracotta Army all lined up.

“From our point of view this is the beginning of a really busy and exciting year for us. We’re looking forward to getting some paint on the dragons and showcasing local artists.”

In the 2015 trail there will be 80 adult dragons, and until November 1 Break is accepting design ideas from artists which will be put forward to sponsors for consideration. Artists wanting more information about submitting designs should email martin.green@break-charity.org

There will also be up to 100 baby dragons designed by local school children. Schools can find out more about getting involved at today’s event and by emailing joanna.storey@break-charity.org

• The GoGoDragons! event today is midday-5pm at the Forum in Norwich. Biggles is being unveiled at 3pm. Visit www.break-charity.org, find GoGoDragons! on Facebook or on Twitter.

• Are you involved in a Norwich art project? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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