Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Colchester: Giraffe statue returns to town centre

Lauren Connell by her giraffe statue design.

Lauren Connell by her giraffe statue design.

Archant

A giraffe statue commissioned as a legacy to mark Colchester Zoo’s 50th birthday has taken up residence in the town centre.

Last year saw an eye-catching herd of giraffe art invade central Colchester as part of the Stand Tall birthday celebrations, before being auctioned off for the zoo’s charity Action for the Wild.

Now a new statue, named Zoe, has pride of place in the Lion Walk Shopping Centre.

It was designed by Lauren Connell from St Luke’s Primary School, Tiptree and painted by Jenny Leonard, a local artist who also created two of the giraffes on display last year.

John Fleming, Lion Walk centre manager, said: “We were lucky enough to host one of the hugely popular giraffes in 2013 and didn’t hesitate when the zoo asked if we could find a permanent home for the legacy statue. Our new arrival looks superb and we’re looking forward to showing her off to shoppers.”

Alex Downing, development director at the zoo, added: “People told us how much they missed the Stand Tall statues so we’re pleased to be celebrating our 51st birthday by revealing the legacy statue.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Eden-Rose Coppice Trust wins Working Together Award in Ipswich. Left to right, Stephen Watt (Strategic Partnership), Rob and Jo Brooks and Andrea Pittock (Grants Manager).

A project that has seen an unkempt woodland transformed into an outdoor learning space has been awarded a £6,000 grant.

Police are appealing for help to trace Amelia Cook, who went missing from an address in Leiston

Police have launched a search for a missing Suffolk schoolgirl.

Mills Meadow Care Home  in Framlingham.

A new support group is being launched next month in east Suffolk giving carers and their loved ones an opportunity to share advice and experiences with other people in a “relaxed and welcoming environment”.

Police are appealing for help tracing Jamie Pryke, who is wanted on suspicion of two separate assaults in Halstead

Police are appealing for help tracing a man wanted on suspicion of two separate assaults in Halstead.

Armed Police work at the scene of a shooting at De La Mer House elderly accommodation in Walton on the Naze.

A man was stabbed in Bury St Edmunds this afternoon, police have said.

MacMillan Coffee Morning at Morland Primary School. Left to right, Kamila Kaczmarczyk, Ewelina Matczak and Lena Matczak.

Today schools, care homes, mum’s groups and office all over Suffolk have been brewing up for Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Care UK regional director Phillip Steyn, regional support manager Elena Bratu, resident Alfie Elliott and Hartismere Place manager Cathryn Weed toast the pub

Residents at a Suffolk care home are raising a toast to their home’s newest feature – a traditional country pub.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24