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  • New Plinth Unveiled for Sutton Coldfield Big Hoot Owl

    Posted On 3 Nov 2016 by Sutton BID

    A new plinth has been unveiled in the Royal town this week for the Sutton Coldfield Big Hoot Owl.

    The Owl, which took up residence in Sutton Coldfield last year as part of The Big Hoot trail, returned to the town thanks to the generosity of Suttonians and other local supporters at The Big Hoot Charity Auction in November 2015.

    The arrival of the Owl's new plinth this week celebrates the successful crowd funding campaign organised by Sutton Coldfield Town Centre BID, to 'buy back' the Owl, allowing it to now stand permanently outside Caffé Nero in The Gracechurch Centre.

    The names of all those who pledged £100 or more to the Crowdfund appeal are displayed on the new plinth alongside a celebratory reminder of the 'owl-mazing' art project which captured the attention - and hearts - of people in Sutton Coldfield and the wider Birmingham area.

    The stone plinth was donated to the people of Sutton Coldfield by local stonemasons Co-operative Memorials, part of the community owned Midcounties Co-operative.

    The official unveil took place on Wednesday 2nd November at 6pm with a gathering of those who'd supported the appeal.

    The evening unveil was accompanied by speeches from Mike Bushell of Sutton Coldfield Town Centre BID, Angela Henderson, Centre Manager at The Gracechurch Centre and Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children's Hospital. Speeches were followed by a VIP drinks reception hosted at The Station pub.

    Mike Bushell, Sutton Coldfield Town Centre BID Manager comments: "We were delighted to officially unveil Sutton Coldfield Owl's new plinth this week. The plinth is beautiful and just what we were hoping it would be. It celebrates everything that was so wonderful about the Big Hoot trail and the fun that was had in Sutton Owlfield last summer!"

    Simon Fisher, Group General Manager for the Midcounties Co-operative said “As a co-operative society, supporting our local communities is at the heart of everything we do. We were therefore delighted to be able to design and produce the stone plinth for the Sutton Owlfield community. We think it’s a rather fitting new home for Scarlett’s owl-mazing art project!

    Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, commented: “The Big Hoot captured the hearts and minds of so many people across the West Midlands, not least everyone in Sutton Coldfield. The royal town was a true champion of the project and it's great to see its legacy celebrated in such a special way.

    “The Big Hoot brought people of all ages together to deliver a combined sense of civic pride as well as encouraging us all to get active and become tourists in our own town. The single biggest fundraiser Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity has ever delivered, the £508,000 raised at the auction kick-started our £3.65 million appeal to build the UK's first Rare Diseases Centre for children, right here in the Midlands. This will be a centre we can all be proud of and that will benefit thousands of children and families, including many here in Sutton Coldfield.”

    Sutton Coldfield Owl was created by Scarlett Byfield while she was an art and design student at Birmingham Metropolitan College. The Owl celebrates all the things Scarlett loves about the town where she grew up.


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