Dalton Rhinos causing a rumpus throughout historic town
Last updated at 15:03, Thursday, 31 May 2012
DALTON resembled the African Savannah, with the sun beating down on a herd of rhinos.
However, the beasts had not escaped from the South Lakes Wild Animal Park, but were part of the Rhinostoric Rumpus.
The five foot models, which were commissioned by organisations then painted by local schools, went on display in the grounds of St Mary’s Church for the first time.
The sixteen rhinos will go on tour of the schools where they were created before forming the Dalton Rhino Trail, an innovative project designed to attract tourists to the town.
The display was unveiled by Councillor Barry Doughty, the new mayor of Dalton, who said the project had brought the community together.
He said: “I think it is an absolutely wonderful idea. It has certainly involved all of the community, in terms of the organisations involved and the creativity of those that have painted the rhinos.”
Cllr Doughty also paid tribute to the Reverend Alan Mitchell, who had the idea of creating the trail over 12 months ago.
He said: “All the rhinos went to different schools and were decorated on behalf of groups and individuals.
“I think they look beautiful in the sunlight. When they were coming back in twos and threes you didn’t realise how good they would look, but I think as a herd they look splendid.”
The rhinos were commissioned by organisations such as Friends of Dalton Castle and the South Lakes Wild Animal Park and then were painted by schools such as Chapel Street School and St Peter’s in Ireleth.
The rhino casts were each set out in fibreglass by Ulverston company JG Black Polymers and owner John Black said he had enjoyed working on a creative project.
He said: “It is a total change from our normal work operation. We are in the insulation market but we do work with glass fibres. We have enjoyed the opportunity to work on something more artistic than we normally do.”
Sylvia Stoker, who has been responsible for organising the movement of the rhinos, said she was pleased with how they looked.
She said: “The one thing I would say is that we realised that when they were all coming back that they all look completely different. There was no design brief but they are all very striking.”
First published at 09:41, Monday, 28 May 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
Almost impossible to choose, but I think George Romney Junior School entrance just pips the rest. Love them all though!
Make your comment
- Furness General midwife admits blunders which led to deaths of two babies
- Cumbria service that helps patients returning home gets extra funding
- Relief as second Cumbria climber accounted for after Nepal quake
- Cumbria mountaineer describes horrifying moment Nepal earthquake struck
- Cumbria man airlifted to hospital after ladder fall
- Signalling problems causing delays for Cumbria passengers
- Child's BMX bike stolen in Barrow
- Range Rover damaged in Broughton
- Cumbria runners set for London Marathon
- Millom Rugby Union Club awarded £10,000 grant (2 comments)
- Hundreds of Barrow AFC fans attend title homecoming celebration
- Barrow AFC crowned Conference North champions: with picture gallery (25 comments)
- Special day for Barrow AFC skipper
- Proud Edmo hails Barrow AFC title success: with picture gallery
- Crarey delight as Barrow Raiders run riot (3 comments)
- Holker cruise into play-offs: with picture gallery
- Furness start title defence in style: with picture gallery
- Glasson take the spoils at Ulverston
- Barrow AFC trophy presentation at Holker Street
- Jubilant Barrow fans speak of joy and relief (2 comments)
- Sea cadets prepare for their Big Clean
- Big Clean at Bardsea Beach
- Nation’s tribute for five flying heroes
- Mystery lady to sell at auction for £10k
- Winning village team could get 1,500 fans
- Selling the secrets of ship technology
- Classic cars set to return
- Why the speed trap claptrap?
- TRAVEL REVIEW: Tracing granddad Bert’s footsteps in ill-fated campaign
- FOOD REVIEW: The Plough, Lupton