Following an online poll and voting boxes across the town, the residents of Bridgnorth have voted overwhelming for a train as their preferred statue shape in the forthcoming “Art Statue Trail” planned for next Spring.

Voters were given the choice of local landmarks and iconic images that represent the town, and with more than twice as many votes than any other option, the preferred choice was a train, making the link to Bridgnorth’s Severn Valley Railway, already a big hit with tourists.

The Statue Trail working group counted up the votes at their meeting on Monday 2nd October, and have begun sketching designs in the style of the infamous “catch me who can” original locomotive, which was first built in Bridgnorth (see photo).

The Art Statue Trail will see 15 statues placed around the town from next Easter. Each statue will be the same shape (locomotive) but will be painted with individual designs by local artists, and tucked all over the town to form a walking trail for tourists and local families alike.

“It’s an excellent opportunity to showcase our local artists’ talent from in and around Bridgnorth” explained Cllr Julia Buckley of the Council’s working group.  “We are looking for artists to come and find out more at our Artists information event on Tuesday 24th October, held at 7pm in Castle Hall”. There will be displays, an information pack for interested artists, a presentation and the chance to ask questions, and discuss the project, plus some refreshments and a chance to meet the working group who have been developing the project – from the Council, the community and local organisations.

“Everyone has worked really well together with such enthusiasm for the project, as a way to develop our tourism locally, plus a walking trail for health. Our team have drawn up a map of 33 potential locations, depending on sponsors and artists’ choices”.

The Bridgnorth Arts Trail project aims to replicate the best elements of the “Wolves in Wolves” trail, which was the largest public art display ever produced in Wolverhampton, and seeks sponsorship from local businesses, to associate to individual statues in pertinent locations.

For more information please contact: [email protected] or contact the Town Council offices on 01746 762231.