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Art trail created by children

Fire-breathing dragons and spooky moomins are among the characters that can be seen on a new art trail.

The trail, in Chippenham, has been made up using the artwork of pupils from across the town, to celebrate the Olympic Torch Relay’s visit.

The artwork trail has 20 stops, each representing a different country, and will be kept in place until September. It was opened on May 23 on the same day the Olympic flame travelled through the region.

Maps of the art trail have been published and are available from Chippenham Community and Visitor Information Centre on the High Street, Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre and all of the primary schools.

The trail has been named Follow Wenlock, after the Olympic mascot, and also includes a shop full of Mexican sombreros.

Museum curator Paul Connell said: “The children have done some amazing work.

“It’s lovely that some of it will be displayed in the Yelde Hall. It has only just opened again after the tourist information centre moved onto the High Street, and it’s fantastic that the community will come along to see work done by children in the town.”

Children from primary schools in the town will also be getting into the Olympic spirit when they take part in the Chippenham Games from June 25 to 29 at the Stanley Park Sports Ground.

Artist Imogen Harvey Lewis has also been asking members of the public to help her create another piece of art, which will be displayed in the town’s John Coles Park.


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