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Ipswich and Suffolk have caught the Elmer craze!

Published17th June 2019

Hundreds of visitors came to the Town Hall, which was doubling up as Elmer HQ, to start their journey around Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk– established by fund-raiser Norman Lloyd and his colleagues at St Elizabeth Hospice, and supported by the Borough Council.

Families and children of all ages “bagged” elephants big and small – there are 55 big Elmers in total – and organisers are confident this year’s trail will surpass even the magnificent Pigs Gone Wild trail of 2017. Town Hall staff reported visitors coming in every 20 seconds – that’s 350 in less than two hours.

Council Chief Executive Russell Williams was one of the first on the scene: “It has been great to see the excitement they are generating, especially in the young. The new Elmer HQ in the Town Hall was really buzzing in the morning – and with a big Elmer within the room, I am sure it will help entice thousands more people into the Town Hall than normally call in.”

Mr Williams added: “I know the Council and many others play a part in it all happening but – without any doubt - the star of the show, other than the Elmers – and the instigator of the whole thing – is Norman Lloyd from the Hospice.”

So, head into town and join in the fun. You will also be raising money for a good cause!

From next Sunday (23rd June) you can park in the Crown multi-storey car park on Sundays for up to three hours for FREE … now that’s a jumbo-sized offer!