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Ipswich: Town’s iconic mammoth officially becomes Wool-I-Am

21:21 05 August 2014

Gordon Mole, head of community and cultural services for Ipswich Borough Council, IBC Councillor Carole Jones and David Lloyd, who texted in to Radio 2, gathered at Ipswich Museum with the Mini Mammoths club, after the radio station helped name the Mammoth Wool-I-Am.

Gordon Mole, head of community and cultural services for Ipswich Borough Council, IBC Councillor Carole Jones and David Lloyd, who texted in to Radio 2, gathered at Ipswich Museum with the Mini Mammoths club, after the radio station helped name the Mammoth Wool-I-Am.

He is Ipswich’s iconic mammoth who caused a storm when it emerged he did not have a name.

Ipswich Museum's Mini Mammoths club, gathered round the newly named Wool-I-Am. Ipswich Museum's Mini Mammoths club, gathered round the newly named Wool-I-Am.

But yesterday, the replica animal officially became Wool-I-Am, as he was formally named at a meeting of Ipswich Museum’s Mini Mammoth club – the group which chose the giant’s moniker.

The search for a name began when it was mentioned of the Radio 2 Breakfast show and stand-in host Sara Cox asked listeners to help.

A social media storm was sparked and thousands of people sent in their ideas and a shortlist was then sent to the High Street-based museum.

Wool-I-Am was then selected by the Mini Mammoths, a group of under-5s who regularly take part in activities at the museum.

Members of the group were joined by representatives of the council during their group yesterday to officially give the mammoth its name.

Speaking prior to the naming, Gordon Mole, Ipswich Borough Council’s head of culture, said: “It is great that there was so much interest, it shows that the museum is very important to many people.”

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4 comments

  • And will they have another competition to re-name it, in a few years' time, when the transient "celebrity" whose name it echoes has been largely forgotten by his young fans of today?

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    blue&white

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Chris Church

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Surely something as old as this Mammoth should have a really old name , its like renaming Jesus or Moses as something modern sounding - Stupid but typical of modern society .

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    Poppys Dad

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • How "Ipswich".

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    Sarky Sage

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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