Video and Photo gallery: Legal threat forces removal of “Freddie Mercury” gorilla from Norwich street
15:17 08 July 2013
One of Norwich’s colourful troop of fundraising GoGoGorillas has had to be removed today after the Mercury Phoenix Trust - a charity formed following the death of Freddie Mercury - warned they might take legal action.
Freddie, who was located outside The Forum, was one of 53 differently designed apes which have taken up residence at sites across the city part of the GoGoGorillas! Project which will help raise vital funds for charity.
But organisers of the charity art trail, which is raising funds for Break, which supports children, young people and families across East Anglia, and Born Free’s project to help lowland gorillas in the Congo, have been forced to remove Freddie today.
The popular ape, which featured the Queen idol’s trademark moustache, was removed from his plinth on Millennium Plain after The Mercury Phoenix Trust asking trail organisers to remove the gorilla from the streets or face the prospect of legal action.
Martin Green, project manager of Go Go Gorillas, said he was “disappointed” to have to remove Freddie but said they were “carrying out the wishes” of another charity.
He said the gorilla would be repainted by an artist with another design and they appear back on the streets later this week.
Mr Green said he would be talking to sponsors this afternoon about what will replace Freddie with one vision possible Alan Partridge or perhaps even Andy Murray to reflect his achievement in becoming the first British male to win Wimbledon in 77 years.
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