April 24 2014 Latest news:
Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Never mind Christmas - the clock is ticking in North Walsham for people to fill in their Easter Bunny orders.
Plans are under way for an Easter Bunny Hunt around the town in April, following the overwhelming success of North Walsham’s 2009 Hippo Trail.
North Walsham’s Town Team, which is organising the event, must order the three-foot tall fibreglass rabbits this month so that they can be delivered by the end of February, leaving six weeks for the models to be decorated.
Town Team spokesman Vivienne Uprichard said she hoped schools, businesses, churches, organisations and individuals would enter into the Easter spirit and sign up for a bun.
“We want the town to be filled with lots of lovely bunnies which people have decorated in all sorts of ways,” said Mrs Uprichard.
Designs for the mould have not been finalised but Mrs Uprichard said the rabbits would be sitting bolt upright and would each cost £320 plus VAT.
They would be made by 3D Creations, of Gorleston, which has designed sets for Davenport’s Magic Kingdom, in North Walsham and Cromer Pier’s Seaside Special shows, as well as major visitor attractions and theatres across the country.
“We’re hoping for at least 20 sponsors, but the more the merrier. If we can get more, we’ll find places to put them in and around the town,” she added.
The rabbits would be on display for a fortnight during April’s Easter holidays and would then be auctioned at The Atrium with proceeds divided between the sponsor and the Town Team.
Mrs Uprichard would also like to hear from any business willing to act as a “bunny hutch” for a model, so that they are secure overnight.
She is working with the town’s Paston College and hopes students will keep a photographic record of the event, produce trail maps and set up a website, as part of their course work.
And Mrs Uprichard is also planning to contact celebrities living locally, hoping they will use their social media links, including Facebook and Twitter, to spread the word.
This summer’s GoGoGorillas event in Norwich attracted large numbers of people to view decorated ape models dotted around the city.
The Town Team hopes the bunnies will similarly lure families into North Walsham where they will linger and visit shops, cafés and other businesses.
“Hopefully it will be a lot of fun and it will increase footfall in the town over Easter,” said Mrs Uprichard.
The team was set up, along with others nationwide, in the wake of shopping guru Mary Portas’ government review on the state of Britain’s high streets.
It aims to help reinvigorate North Walsham town centre and its surroundings. Proceeds from the Easter hunt will go towards future events in the town, including a second medieval fair.
■ For more information ring Mrs Uprichard on 01692 402908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org