Bridgnorth’s Art Trail is set to open to the public in July, with artists having completed their distinctive locomotive sculptures, sponsored by local businesses. The dozen locos will be located around the town to form a free walking trail of approximately two miles, showcasing the town’s historic buildings and beauty spots. The Trail will be officially opened on Saturday 28 July at 11am, in Bridgnorth High Street outside Card Stores, the site of the Great British High Street statue.
Organisers are running a colouring competition for schoolchildren, which can be returned via their school or directly to the Town Hall. There is also an anagram competition – each of the engines features a letter on its plinth, and these go together to form a word. Winning entries will be drawn at the end of the summer holidays, with the first prize being a Seven Valley railway family ticket.
Cllr Julia Buckley, the Trail’s organiser, explains, “We’re planning to keep the trail going for five years, adding more statues in years two and three up to a total of 25. We have some great merchandise on its way for the colouring competition, and we’ll select the 10 best pictures to go on our Facebook page and website. They will each win a set of our art trail goodies!
“Any grown-up artists who are interested in painting a full-sized statue can express an interest in next year’s trail by getting in touch at email@example.com.”