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Penguins arrive in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 09:01 03 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:22 02 July 2010

Penguins at The Forum in Norwich - Sophie, left, and Chloe Duell view the penguins. Picture by Adrian Judd

Penguins at The Forum in Norwich - Sophie, left, and Chloe Duell view the penguins. Picture by Adrian Judd

A group of colourful penguins waddled into one of the city's most well known landmarks, highlighting community spirit and the creativity of some of the city's youngsters.

A group of colourful penguins waddled into one of the city's most well known landmarks, highlighting community spirit and the creativity of some of the city's youngsters.

Families across Norwich have helped design and decorate their own penguin sculptures which are on display at the Forum until Friday.

Some are decorated with flowers while others have been covered with mosaic tiles, some have brightly coloured puzzle pieces while one stands proudly wearing a top hat.

Each of the life-sized emperor penguins, which are part of the Penguin Parade project organised by Norwich Community Learning Mentors Project, reflect the community they represent.

Schools which have taken part in the project include Tuckswood Community Primary, Nelson Infant, Larkman Primary and West Earlham Infant.

Cameron Innes, 47, from north Earlham, who was with his grandchildren who had helped paint some of the penguins, said: “It's been a fantastic project and all the schools, even those which haven't been involved, have been talking about it. It really brings the city together.”

Simon Whiteley, who lives near Dereham and was in the city yesterday, said: “A lot of imagination has been shown - it's amazing what creativity people can develop from the same basic materials.

“The project is a great idea and it brings the community together, which is great.”

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