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  • Bear prints spotted in the Royal town

    Posted On 20 Mar 2017 by Sutton BID

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    Visitors to Royal Sutton Coldfield town centre this week have been treated to a preview of this summer’s most anticipated tourist attraction, The Big Sleuth.

    Repeating The Big Hoot’s multi-award-winning formula, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and Wild in Art have teamed up once again to present Birmingham’s second art adventure The Big Sleuth.

    The Gracechurch Centre’s latest visitor, a 6ft tall bear, made a special appearance in centre to celebrate Sutton Coldfield’s involvement in the project.

    Thanks to the generous actions of three town centre organisations, The Sutton Coldfield Town Centre BID, The Gracechurch Centre and marketing agency WAA Chosen, four beautifully painted bear sculptures will descend on the Royal town for a jam-packed summer of bear-illiant fun this July.

    The Big Sleuth, named because sleuth is the collective noun for a group of bears, follows the success of 2015’s phenomenal The Big Hoot trail which saw 21 owls land in the town for a period of 0 weeks, turning Sutton Coldfield into Sutton Owlfield.

    Funded by a host of corporate sponsors from across the region, the sculptures will be brought to life by local artists in an initiative which will provide a visually stunning trail of art, uniting businesses, residents and visitors to Birmingham whilst raising vital funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

    The BID has committed to sponsoring two bears, while The Gracechurch Centre and WAA Chosen have agreed to fund one each, meaning four sculptures will now feature in and around the Royal town of Sutton Coldfield.

    Mike Bushell, Sutton Coldfield Town Centre BID manager, comments: “We’re thrilled to be taking part in The Big Sleuth, the bears are fantastic and the designs we’ve seen are absolutely stunning.

    “It’s going to be a real spectacle in Sutton Coldfield this summer and we can’t wait to see the bears get as much love from our community as the owls did. Our hope now is that other firms and organisations in the town will follow suit and turn Sutton Coldfield into a veritable sleuth of giant bears!”

    Angela Henderson, centre manager at The Gracechurch Centre adds: “When I joined the centre the buzz from the Sutton Owlfield project was still at fever pitch and it has remained one of the hot topics of conversation ever since.

    “Everybody here in Sutton Coldfield is so excited to see the bears and we can’t wait to kick things off here in centre. We’ve got lots of fun, games, adventures and challenges planned to celebrate our summer visitors and look forward to welcoming the bear explorers over the summer!

    The Big Sleuth aims to encourage people to uncover Birmingham’s cultural gems and discover areas of the city they may not have explored before. Bears will be placed not only in the city centre, but in a host of locations across Birmingham.

    The Big Sleuth will also see a focused citywide learning programme in partnership with local schools and youth groups, using creativity as a device for learning. The scheme has given children an opportunity to decorate 90cm bear cub sculptures, which will be displayed at various venues for the duration of the event, before being returned to the schools to keep as a memento of their participation.

    At the end of the 10-week period, the bears will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

    Additional sponsors from Sutton Coldfield are currently being sought to help bring even more bears to the town. Anyone interested should contact the organisers via www.thebigsleuth.co.uk by Friday 31 March.

    Elinor Eustace, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are delighted to have Sutton Coldfield involved in The Big Sleuth as it will offer residents another fun, and free, reason to explore the Royal town.

    “A limited number of sponsorship packages are still available and we hope that even more businesses will recognise the cultural and economic benefits of getting involved, as well as the positives for the local community.”People can keep up to date on all The Big Sleuth news via the website, Twitter (@TheBigSleuth) or search for ‘The Big Sleuth’ on Facebook.

     
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