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Ed Sheeran turned into a sheep for new Eye art trail


By Newsdesk Diss


Visitors flocked to a scout headquarters last night to celebrate the opening of a new art trail.

Eye Sheep Art Trail welcomes 24 life-size sheep statues, decorated by local artists and businesses, to the streets of Eye, where visitors will be able to track down each of the unique creations- including the cleverly named 'Ed Sheeram' - complete with glasses and signature ginger hair.

The sheep will represent Eye’s historic connection to the wool trade, whilst also supporting Eye-based charity, Blossom.

The sheep (and lambs) of Eye Sheep Art Trail. Picture: Mecha Morton.
The sheep (and lambs) of Eye Sheep Art Trail. Picture: Mecha Morton.

The trail can be followed using maps that can be found in a number of locations, including Dream On, the library, Homestart and the East of England Co-op.

All of the sheep were decorated by local artists over the past month, and will be displayed from July 18 to September 6 before being auctioned in aid of Blossom charity on September 12. Blossom Charity funds courses to make a positive difference to women, by helping them find their confidence, make changes to their lives and achieve their goals.

Jackie Ordish, who has been organising the event for the past six months, said: ‘It’s been really brilliant, everyone’s pulled together

‘What’s fantastic is that the sheep are all unique, none of them look similar’

Claire Jackson and Jackie Ordish shepherd the flock. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Claire Jackson and Jackie Ordish shepherd the flock. Picture: Mecha Morton.

The designs include Eye Primary School’s story book themed sheep ‘Storytime’, and Amanda Church’s sheep, ‘Ed Sheeram’, designed to look like the Suffolk singer.

The celebrity connections didn’t end there.

Musician Rick Wakeman was involved with the design of ‘Hilda’ the sheep, while Ipswich-born Royal Ballet star Gary Avis donated a signed photograph to accompany ‘The Father Shepherd Sheep’, inspired by his character in the Royal Ballet production of ‘A Winter’s Tale’.

While Ed Sheeran couldn’t attend the event, as he is on a world tour, he has expressed his support for the trail by donating a signed t-shirt, viewable at the Cafeye, which will be auctioned alongside ‘Ed Sheeram’. Jackie is grateful for the support in Eye and beyond.

“I’d like to say a big thank-you to everyone. It’s been a mammoth effort but they’ve been tremendous,’ she said.

The auction will take place September 12 at 7pm in Kenton Hall, and will involve a drinks reception where guests can meet the artists.For more information about the trail or to book tickets, visit www.eyesheeparttrail.co.uk



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