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22nd Sep, 2021

Elephants take up place in the outfield

Rob George 11th Sep, 2021

WORCESTER’s popular elephants will grace the outfield together at New Road after the herd packed up their trunks and said goodbye to the city on Sunday (September 5).

All 66 of the painted elephants from Worcester’s Big Parade will go on show together – for the first and only time – at Worcestershire County Cricket Club from September 30 to October 3 and October 7 to October 10.

It will be the last chance to see all the large elephants before they are auctioned to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice, which cares for patients with serious progressive illnesses and their loved ones across Worcestershire.

A mosaic ele-baby displayed outside the cathedral, Spark-Ele, will also be auctioned – while the remaining calves will be returned to the schools and groups which decorated them.

David Hoskins, Worcestershire CCC head of commercial and operations, said: “Worcester’s Big Parade has been a wonderful way to get us all out and about again this summer and has brought so much joy to trail-goers big and small.

“The Farewell Events are the perfect way to recapture some of that summer ele-fun and to support a charity which does so much for the community here in Worcestershire. We can’t wait to host to the herd at New Road, including our beautiful club-sponsored elephant Azalea.

Tickets are now available for the Farewell Events, with visitors able to book one-hour slots to see the elephants.

Sara Matthews, business development manager for St Richard’s Hospice, said: “It’s going to be fantastic to see all 66 of our elephants together grazing at New Road. We hope to see you there.”

Tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for children aged two to 16, while under twos go free. Family tickets for either two adults, two children or one adult, three children are available for £15.

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