Organisers behind a summer-long elephant sculpture trail due to open on Monday 12 July have announced its herd will now be revealed on Tuesday 13 July, following advice from police and local authorities.
The news comes as Worcester prepares to welcome football fans into the city on the evening of Sunday 11 July for the Euro 2020 Final. This would have been crucial setting-up time for the event, being brought to the city by St Richard’s Hospice, which will see 66 elephants large and small installed along a six-mile route across the city.
Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director for St Richard’s Hospice, said: “Bringing a herd of elephants to the city, lifting them into place safely and securing them is a mammoth logistical exercise which was planned over many hours during the evening of Sunday 11 July.
“Understandably this isn’t something we can carry out safely while city revellers prepare for one of the biggest sporting occasions since 1966.
“While it isn’t ideal to be making this change to our start date, we’ll all be cheering England on. Our herd will still be every bit as spectacular on Tuesday and for eight weeks over the summer!”
A Wild in Art event, hosted by St Richard’s, the six-mile art trail features 30 large elephants, 36 smaller calf sculptures and two interactive digital installations. It will run until Sunday, 5 September.
At the end of the trail, each large elephant will be auctioned to raise money for the hospice’s ongoing care for patients living with serious progressive illnesses and their loved ones.
Worcester’s Big Parade is supported by partners Crowngate, Worcester City Council, Worcester Business Improvement District (BID), DRPG, West Midland Safari Park, the Worcester News and BBC Hereford & Worcester.
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