Where are some of Norwich’s GoGoDragons! now?
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They roared into Norwich last summer and became the fiery stars of our fine city before raising an incredible £369,500 at auction for children's charity Break. Since then the 84 GoGoDragons! – part of an art trail brought to Norwich by Break and Wild in Art – have flown off to pastures new. Arts correspondent Emma Knights finds out what happened to some of the clan.
GEORGE THE DRAGON
George the Dragon has flown off to a new lair in Attleborough where he now resides with one of the GoGoGorillas!
The winged warrior, who was sponsored by the EDP and Norwich Evening News and stood outside our Norwich office during the GoGoDragons! trail, was bought at auction by Hiltfields and can now be seen outside the food company's base in Maurice Gaymer Road, Attleborough.
Hiltfields managing director James Potter and his wife Louise, also a director of the company, snapped up George at auction as a companion for the GoGoGorilla! Skull Island which they bought in 2013.
Mr Potter said they were keen to support children's charity Break and that they picked George because he was patriotic and beautifully decorated.
He said George had settled in well in his new home and that the GoGo-duo were proving very popular with the local school children and attracting a lot of attention.
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George was the only GoGoDragon! who spoke during last summer's trail, and Mr Potter said plans were in place to install a power supply so that George could once again roar in his original voice.
George was designed by EDP and Evening News competition winner John Checketts and artist Martin Wall.
GoGoMadder has flown back to the Maddermarket Theatre and is now looking forward to being part of the city venue's Shakespeare Festival marking the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death.
The Shakespeare-inspired dragon – designed by John Stokes – was bought at auction by Coleman Opticians who returned him to his original sponsor, the Maddermarket Theatre. At the time, Kate Fenn, from the Norwich-based practice, said: 'Being able to give him back to the Maddermarket Theatre is brilliant. It is where he belongs.'
Peter Beck, from the theatre, said GoGoMadder's return was 'beyond our wildest dreams' and the theatre was very grateful to Coleman Opticians.
Bajestic has joined her fellow scouts at Eaton Vale Scout and Guide Activity Centre.
Matthew Burrell, deputy county commissioner (youth programme and development) for Norfolk Scouts, said: 'We bought Bajestic, the dragon that we sponsored. She was a project that our members really took to their hearts, young people selected her design, name and her trademark badges. Before going on display she visited groups and events. During the trail hundreds of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network made the trip to Norwich to get a picture. We knew that we needed to buy her and thanks to a crowdfunding appeal we were successful at auction and brought our girl back to Eaton Vale the county headquarters of Norfolk Scouts to be enjoyed by future generations of Scouts.'
Bajestic was created by artist Jessica Copping.
Child's Play is based at Teach Education in Framingham Pigot and plans to fly to schools across Norfolk.
The dragon - designed by Sophie Green and sponsored by Jarrold - has already made a trip to St Mary's C of E Junior School in Long Stratton and is now at Great Yarmouth Primary Academy until Easter.
Claire Wallace, from Teach Education, said: 'Over the next two years Teach Education will hold a draw each term, this is open to every Norfolk primary school giving the children the opportunity to share their school with our dragon.'
Schools wanting to apply to host Child's Play should call the Teach Education office on 01603 901858.
EYE SPY CECIL
Eye Spy Cecil is currently keeping warm in North Burlingham.
He was bought by Wendy Brighton, from Ranworth, who said: 'I bought him as I loved the design, how colourful and friendly looking he was, but also my granddad was called Cecil so I liked the family connection.
'At the moment Eye Spy Cecil is being kept very cosy and warm as it is winter and dragons don't like the cold too much! He is currently being kept on display at Anglia Woodburner Centre, in Main Road, North Burlingham.'
She said the long term plan was for the dragon to take up residence in a new home her boyfriend Peter Morton was currently building in North Burlingham, and that they also hoped Eye Spy Cecil- who was designed by Hannah Nelson and sponsored by Cecil Amey - would visit local events.
FUN AT THE SEASIDE
Fun At The Seaside now takes pride of place in the Shipdham home of Alison and Paul Chubbock.
Mr Chubbock, of Crow Hill, said: 'We bought Fun At The Seaside because Wells is a special place for us, as we had our first date there, I proposed to Ali there and we had our honeymoon there too.'
He said the dragon - designed by Hazel Ashley and sponsored by Aylmerton Field Study Centre - was now enjoying residing in the garden room and looking out across the garden.
TUPPENCE AND CIRCUIT
Visitors to Aviva's Marble Hall in Norwich will find that it has become the lair of the GoGoDragon! Tuppence.
The dragon, designed by Alix Carter and sponsored by The Forum, is one of two that were bought by Aviva.
Circuit, designed by Fiona Gowen and sponsored by University Technical College Norfolk, has flown off to Aviva's offices at Broadland Business Park.