March saw the launch of the much anticipated Bridgnorth Art Trail, with the first Catch Me Who Can locos steaming off the production line. The models, based on the iconic locomotive built at Bridgnorth in 1808, were created at the Marches Centre for Manufacturing & Technology and will be placed around the town in the coming months. The models have been sponsored by local businesses and individually decorated by a dozen artists including Ed Humphries, Tania Holland, Kathryn O’Connor, Elizabeth Harriman, Denise Woodhall, Diane Ferguson, Nicky Meechan, Carolyn Shinton, Louise Rhodes and Amy Peterson.
Cllr Julia Buckley, the Art Trails’ project manager, says, “We’re delighted with progress on our Art Trail, with all 12 sponsors now signed up to donate £2,000 each for the first year’s statues, and artists now painting the beautiful locomotives in the state-of-the-art training centre at the Marches Centre
“What better way to showcase the heritage, artistic talent and beauty spots of our town than to lead visitors and tourists by map on a trail of the most important sites? This tourist trail will really put Bridgnorth on the map!”