Dragon will celebrate St George's Day

ST George's Day in Suffolk will be celebrated with the arrival of a dragon – but it wooden fly very far!The spectacular dragon, sculpted in oak by a chainsaw, will be guarding the Suffolk-Norfolk border on a site of mystic importance when it is installed at Scole on April 23.

ST George's Day in Suffolk will be celebrated with the arrival of a dragon – but it wooden fly very far!

The spectacular dragon, sculpted in oak by a chainsaw, will be guarding the Suffolk-Norfolk border on a site of mystic importance when it is installed at Scole on April 23.

It has been designed by Hearts of Oak artists Ben Platts-Mills and Ray Brooks and is heading for the grounds of the new Scole picnic site.

The significance of the dragon has not been lost on organisers as they prepare to involve as many people as possible in its launch.


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Not only is the sculpture being installed on St George's day, the site itself is located on a leyline known as The Dragon Line, which runs from St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, through Glastonbury, Avebury, Bury St Edmunds, Thornham Magna, Eye, Scole and on to Hopton near Lowestoft.

According to Barbara Moore, Mid Suffolk District Council's arts development officer who helped organise and fund the project, the dragon was, "a natural choice" for a sculpture and was chosen after a community and artists' workshop held in Palgrave last year.

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The work of Ben Platt-Mills can also be seen at Needham Lake where his Mother, Child and Goose sculpture was unveiled in November last year.

The public are invited to come along, no booking necessary, and participate in a series of free workshops to celebrate the event on England's patron saint's day on April 23

The workshops will run from 10am - 4pm each day beginning on Monday, April 22, with site preparation and installation reaching a climax at 10am the following day with the official launch and ending on Wednesday, April 24 - when the public will have the opportunity to help with the

final touches.

Additional funding for the project has also come from Suffolk County Council, the European Community Fund and the Upper Waveney Valley Project.

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