Hare today, gone tomorrow - families say goodbye to GoGoHares
- Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018
Families had the chance to bid a final farewell to Norwich's GoGoHares before they are auctioned off for charity.
A competition in this newspaper enabled families to view the hugely popular sculptures outside the Forum in Norwich on Wednesday.
It was the last time people could see all 70 GoGoHares - including two which were not on the trails - in one place before 50 are sold at auction on Thursday, October 11.
Proceeds from the sale of the sculptures will go towards the Norfolk children's charity Break, which organised the GoGoHare trail.
Yesterday's private viewing included Pablo the circus-themed hare, which can be won by purchasing a £10 raffle ticket, and the Joules Hare, which is the prize for the county trail winner.
You may also want to watch:
Natasha Ventham and her daughter Phoebe, aged five, were one of 60 families who attended the farewell event.
She said: 'The kids have been engrossed by it all, and Phoebe knows all of their names and locations.
- 1 Revealed: The most expensive towns to buy a home in Norfolk
- 2 What might happen to former Debenhams store in city centre?
- 3 Couple fined £400 for digging up 8,000 Norfolk bluebells
- 4 Two Norfolk hotels named among the best in the country
- 5 Family's anger at sentencing of driver who killed 'kind and caring' nan
- 6 Hundreds more trees on route of Norwich NDR have died
- 7 Woman left 'penniless' while waiting five weeks for first pension payment
- 8 Life sentence for convicted rapist who attempted to murder Norfolk woman
- 9 BBC Autumnwatch returns to Norfolk for another season
- 10 'I remember shutting down' - Singer on cancer diagnosis at Norfolk hospital
'We have done all of the city trail and most of the county trail, so we came here to say a final goodbye because she [Phoebe] will be quite sad.'
Julia Scott, who was visiting with her grandchildren Layla Scott, 4, and Dexter Scott, 2, said: 'Layla was very excited to come in here, she wanted photos taken with all of then.
'We didn't get round to seeing all of the hares, so we were excited to win tickets.'
Helen Vinsen, from Break, said there had been an 'amazing' turnout to the farewell event.
She added: 'It has been a steady flow of excited people of all ages who will all be sad to see the hares leave.'
Fifty of the city hares will be sold at auction at the Forum on Thursday. TW Gaze will be running the event, while Mike Sarson and Elizabeth Talbot will be auctioning off the 50 lots.
Tickets to the auction are still available, but people can also make bids online, via telephone or through proxy bidding.
Proceeds from the event will help fund work carried out by Break's Moving on Team, which supports vulnerable young people to live independently after leaving the care system.
• For more information about the auction, or for links on how to bid, visit www.break-charity.org/support-us/events/ggh-auction