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Prince Harey, Haratio Nelson and Harey Potter among the designs on show for the 2018 GoGoHares trail in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 20:42 28 September 2017 | UPDATED: 08:34 29 September 2017

GoGoHares! designs launch at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia.  Foxy's Tale, unveiled by artist Sally Adams and sponsor Anne Ovens of Aspiration Europe. Photo : Steve Adams

GoGoHares! designs launch at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia. Foxy's Tale, unveiled by artist Sally Adams and sponsor Anne Ovens of Aspiration Europe. Photo : Steve Adams

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Prince Harey, Haratio Nelson and Harey Potter were just some of the designs sponsors could choose from for next year’s GoGoHares trail.

Businesses sponsoring the charity event were invited to the Sainsbury’s Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich on Thursday to pick a design for their hare.

They could chose from 200 different designs, which were shortlisted from more than 500 submissions made in the past few months.

Once selected, their hare will be created ready for the 2018 trail, which will see more than 50 sculptures dotted around Norwich next summer.

The event is organised by the children’s charity Break and Wild in Art.

Helen Vinsen, from Break, said: “The designs get better each year and it was an almost impossible task to reduce them from 500 to 200.

“We have been overwhelmed by the quality of the artwork, as well as the originality of the hare puns they have come up with.”

Sponsors were given two stickers during the event which they could place on their first and second choice hare.

Designs ranged from local historical figures, including Horatio Nelson, to patterned designs and story characters.

Following on from the success of GoGoGorillas! in 2013 and GoGoDragons! in 2015, the latest trail will feature two styles of hares.

As well as the city hares, there will also be a group of moongazer hare sculptures scattered around the wider county for GoGo fans to find.

The trail officially opens on June 24 and finishes on September 8.

Lisa Holt, founder of the Norfolk-based company Zing Insights, is sponsoring a sculpture for the third time.

She said: “We have gone with Lewis the Timely Hare because he just looked like a really intriguing character.

“In previous years we have never had design we have chosen, although they have always been fantastic, so this year I’m keeping my finger’s crossed.”

During the evening, organisers unveiled the latest addition to the hare trail - Foxy’s Tale, sponsored by Aspiration Europe. It is based on Aesop’s fable, The Hare and the Tortoise, and was designed by Sally Adams.

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