North Norfolk to get two Moongazer Hares as part of GoGoHares project

The GoGoHares! sculptures arrived in Norwich ready to be decorated as part of the 2018 open art trai

The GoGoHares! sculptures arrived in Norwich ready to be decorated as part of the 2018 open art trail for the 50th anniversary of the children's charity Break. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Visitors to North Norfolk will get to see two of the Moongazer Hares planned for a countywide trail next year in aid of the charity Break.

Break is 50 in 2018, and following the successful GoGoGorillas in 2013 and GoGoDragons in 2015, the charity has devised a new sculpture trail for next year.

In addition to a Norwich trail of hare sculptures called GoGoHares, Break is for the first time establishing a countywide 'Moongazer Trail'. Sponsors are being sought for the event, which will start on June 24 and run until September 8, 2018.

NNDC has agreed to sponsor two hares and set aside £15,000 to cover the project.

The council's economic growth team will also help promote the initiative in order to encourage businesses to sponsor further Moongazer Hares across the district.

The most suitable locations for the NNDC Moongazer Hares are likely to be Holt Country Park and Bacton Woods.

Nigel Dixon, NNDC cabinet member for economic development and tourism, said: 'The advantages are multiple – generating funds for a charity which has long and historic links with North Norfolk, attracting large numbers of visitors to the locations where the hares are sited and benefiting local businesses.

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'We will now apply to sponsor the two Moongazer Hares as a council and, if successful, agree the terms of sponsorship and acquisition, artwork and location.'

Maggie Prior, NNDC cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: 'This is an incredibly exciting project for the whole county from a cultural point of view, appealing to families and people of all ages.

'We would love to see a hotspot of several hares created in North Norfolk, with our two being just part of a greater number in the district.'

There will be an app for each trail and a map available to download. There will be a reward for completing the entire trail – each plinth will have a 4-digit code to collect.

All of the city trail hares will have their ears pointing upwards, whereas all of the county trail hares will be looking up to the sky – or gazing up at the moon – with their ears flat against their backs.