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Ipswich: Wool-I-Am takes centre stage in museum’s name game

PUBLISHED: 10:52 04 August 2014 | UPDATED: 10:52 04 August 2014

Isobel Hollis admires Wool-i-Am

Isobel Hollis admires Wool-i-Am

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He’s big. He’s hairy. And now he has his own name!

The replica mammoth on show at Ipswich Museum has been named Wool-I-Am by youngsters taking part in activities at the High Street.

The search for a name started in earnest last month after the mammoth got a mention on the Radio 2 Breakfast show by stand-in host Sara Cox.

She asked listeners to help and thousands did. Sara, who was standing in for Chris Evans, sent the museum a shortlist. Members of the museum’s young activities club, The Mini Mammoths, did the rest.

The name sparked a social media frenzy, with millions of impressions on Twitter. Pictures of head of culture Gordon Mole and a mammoth toy were also re-tweeted around the country, along with suggestions for names.

But the original suggestion, Wool-I-Am, caught the imagination of the youngsters and the mammoth will be formally named at their session tomorrow.

Two year old Isobel, whose mother Mel Hollis runs the Mini Mammoths club, was the first to congratulate Wool-I-Am on his new name.

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4 comments

  • Nobody will get the joke in 3 years time.

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    Tamara Knight

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • ....and it will need renaming this time next year when Will-I-Am is last years history and the next big name in music is all the rage.

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    Sentinel Red

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Name should of been chosen by locals, not a nation wide radio station.

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    Ipswich Man

    Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Chris Church

    Monday, August 4, 2014

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