Shear excitement on the Shaun trail

Published on: 12 Aug 2015


LOTS of children – and their families – from across Bristol are set to be sleeping well this summer, judging from the numbers that are counting sheep.
The city is going crazy for the Shaun in the City trail  which, like the Gromit event in 2013, is raising money for Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Seventy Shaun sculptures are in place around Bristol until the end of August. Not many Shauns are in outlying districts, but Staple Hill has one in Fountain Square. It is called Melonie and is designed by Phil West and sponsored by Top to Bottom.
Buddleia, designed by Sarah Jane Grace,  is at Warmley Waiting Room on the Bristol to Bath Railway Path, and Two Hoots, designed by Maria Burns, is at Snuff Mills.
Schools have been getting in on the act by designing and decorating their own mini Shaun statues, many of which are on display at The Mall in Cribbs Causeway over the summer.
Stanbridge Primary is on of those involved. More than 100 designs were submitted for the competition and the school combined two winning entries to create the end result.
Year 3 teacher Becky Lipiec said: “The quality ofentries was incredibly high. There were so many fantastic and unusual ideas. The winning designs represent  the fun element of our school and also incorporates the school’s vision and logo, making it unique to Stanbridge.”
The winners Jinnie (Yr R) and Maisie (Yr 5) were also treated to a trip to the Aardman Studios in Bristol, where they met Gavin Strange, a senior designer for theShaun in the City project.
At St Augustine of Canterbury School, the wining design for their Shaun  was unveiled at the school’s St Augustine’s  ‘Country Fair.
Meanwhile, Blackhorse Primary’s  Sea Shaun, based on the wining design by Lucia from reception class and covered in shells, is on display at Emersons Green libray.
Now, if any young readers have not quite nodded off, we’d like to invite them to enter our Shaun colouring competition by colouring him in to resemble Melonie. Send us your photos and we will try to feature them in a future edition.

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