December 4 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 30, 2013
People started queueing before 8am today at the Archant office in Norwich to make sure of getting a pack of the phenomenally successful GoGoGorilla! playing cards.
The morning rush for the new batch of cards - which sold out at 1pm - came after the first batch of 1,000 cards quickly sold out earlier in the week.
Sheila Lindon, from North Walsham, was the first to arrive at our offices in Rouen Road, about 75 minutes before the cards go on sale at 9am. She got the 7am train from North Walsham to Norwich, arriving in the city at about 7.30am.
She said: “I’ve come to get a pack for my daughter Vanessa Lindon, 25, who collects playing cards.
“I came into the Norwich office last Friday to buy a pack, but they were sold out. And then I went to the Cromer office on Tuesday this week, and they were sold out. This is the third time, and I’m making sure of getting a pack.”
She was followed into our office by Keith Willimott, from Salhouse, and Barry and Pam Pitcher. from Hellesdon.
Pat Westwood, from Thorpe St Andrew, bought five packs, three of which she is sending to family in Australia along with stories from our newspapers that she has been collecting about the trail.
She said: “It is fascinating how popular the gorillas have been. I have loved every minute of seeing the gorillas. It’s wonderful for the city.”
The gorilla cards were also selling well this morning in many of our district offices, including Fakenham, Dereham, Great Yarmouth, Diss and Cromer.
• The GoGoGorillas! trail of adult ape sculptures runs until September 7. There is also a trail through the city of baby gorillas created by Norfolk schoolchildren. The adult gorillas will be auctioned at a special event at The Forum in Norwich on October 3.