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!