Harleston welcomes GoGoHare which will put town 'on the map'
PUBLISHED: 11:35 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:03 28 June 2018
South Norfolk saw one of its GoGoHare unveiled as families prepare to get hunting to find all 68 hares scattered across the county.
Harleston became Hare-ston as a crowd of supporters and well-wishers gathered in the town to mark the start of GoGoHares.
Reverend Nigel Tuffnell welcomed visitors to St John’s church grounds, where Harleston Hare is sited for the summer, and performed the grand unveiling.
Robin Twigge, chair of Harleston’s Future, which led the campaign to raise sufficient community support to sponsor the hare, thanked all the businesses, organisations and individuals who had got behind the campaign.
He said: “We were very keen to make sure that at least one of the GoGoHares was in this part of South Norfolk as it is a wonderful area and a bit of a secret to many Norfolk people.
“We saw it as a way of bringing visitors to the town over the summer and help put Harleston on the map.”
Harleston is one of the select towns in the county, along with Aylsham, Wymondham and Cromer, that will be hosting a hare.
Nicky Stainton, chair of the Events Team at Harleston’s Future said: “The response from the community has been fantastic.
“At the latest count more than £4,350 has been raised towards the target of £5,000. Although we now have Harleston Hare we are determined to reach the target - and then we really want to see if we can find the support to ensure we have Harleston Hare permanently.”
Harleston Hare will be sited in front of St John’s Church in Broad Street until September 8 when all the hares will be collected and auctioned on October 11 at The Forum to raise money for Break charity.
Visitors to the town can pick up a Welcome to Harleston leaflet, available from the church.
There are 50 hares in Norwich with 18 around the county.
City and moongazer GoGoHares trails will run from June 24 to September 8 and the GoGoCreate trail of leaping leverets will run from July 2 to September 2 in Norwich.
All three trails have been organised by Break and Wild in Art.
For more information about GoGoHares, visit www.gogohares.co.uk