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Why painted pebbles appear in parks and random places in Eye

A hide-and-seek craze that originally started in America – involving brightly-coloured stones and pebbles – has found its way to Suffolk.

ROCKING IT: Lizzie Morris with daughters Ellie (7) and Grace (9). Picture by Mecha Morton.
ROCKING IT: Lizzie Morris with daughters Ellie (7) and Grace (9). Picture by Mecha Morton.

Those people with an eagle eye may have spotted the vibrantly-painted objects throughout Eye this year.

The project was the brainchild of Lizzie Morris, who brought the global phenomenon to the town, so that her two daughters, Grace, nine, and Ellie, seven, could take part.

The 47-year-old said: “They were looking at pictures people had posted with various rocks they had found across the UK and they said ‘oh, we will never find one’. So I started Eye Rock.”

So far, Lizzie has painted 4,000 rocks and gained 700 followers on Facebook, the social networking website.

“Never in a million years did we expect it to take off in the way it has,” she said. “It has brought us so much joy from the photos we receive and I am thrilled it has done the same for other children.”

Usually decorated with colourful pictures, miniature pieces of art or messages, the stones are hidden in parks, schools and sometimes even abroad.

“We have had findings in Tenerife, Ibiza, Tunisia, Bulgaria and even Canada,” said Lizzie, of High Street in Gislingham. “It’s amazing to think our followers have taken their rocks around the world.”

Once found, people are asked to post a picture of the pebble on the Facebook group Eye Rock and rehide it.

Participants are also encouraged to decorate their own rocks.

“It’s a way of expressing yourself by creating art and sharing it by hiding it for someone else to find,” said Lizzie, who carries 10 rocks with her wherever she goes.

“You don’t want to leave it anywhere dangerous and you also don’t want to hide it too well – you want someone to find it after all.”

At the moment, Lizzie, Ellie and Grace are painting Pudsey Bears on rocks for the annual Children in Need telethon on November 16 and poppies for Armistice Day on November 11.

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