December 8 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Norwich’s troop of apes has captured the imaginations of people of all ages, and one of the gorillas has even inspired the name for the James family’s latest arrival.
For little baby Hattie takes her name from GoGoGorilla! Hattie, the Alice in Wonderland-inspired gorilla currently displayed outside the city’s John Lewis store.
Baby Hattie’s mum, Bridget James, said she had a “true a summer of fun” following the GoGoGorillas! trail of 54 apes with her two oldest daughters, Lucy, five, and Phoebe, two, shortly before her third daughter was born on August 27.
Mrs James, who is married to Richard, said: “The girls’ favourite discovery was definitely Bling Kong but Hattie felt more appropriate!
“I remember standing outside John Lewis on the Hattie trail, wondering then if we might have a girl and give her such a pretty name. I was up for Jungle Jim if we’d had a boy!”
Mrs James is originally from Norwich but now lives in Oxfordshire, and she had been visiting her mum Jo Anderson who lives in The Close in Norwich.
She said: “We were thrilled to discover the gorilla trail and spent all week on their trail, chatting to many other explorers en route - all so friendly and helpful. Phoebe even learnt to ride her bike as we went! “The trail took us to parts of the city my mum and I have never seen. We all loved it.”
The GoGoGorillas! trail has been organised by Break and Wild in Art. It has been running all summer but there are now just a few days left to follow the trail as all 54 apes will leave the city on Sunday morning.
There has also been a trail of 67 baby gorillas, created by Norfolk schoolchildren, dotted around the city since June.
Tomorrow the baby gorillas are being picked up from their summer homes and will be on display at the Castle Mall in Norwich this weekend before they are returned to schools.
GoGoGorillas! is raising funds for Break and the Born Free Foundation.
For more information visit www.gogogorillas.co.uk