A week on from the official Children’s Trail opening
The Leighton-Linslade Children’s Trail is now open after it was launched on Saturday by a whole host of book characters.
Children’s author Julia Jarman and the Trail’s creator, artist Martin Heron, were joined by Alice, Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts to celebrate the opening and invite visitors to take to the Trail.
Shops within the town were enjoying the party atmosphere on the day and helped out by installing children’s literature window displays and giving out Trail postcards, pencils and maps to those going round the Trail.
Featuring 22 imaginative pieces of art inspired by characters and text from children’s literature, the trail weaves through and around the town and has been inspired by 28 stories from children’s literature.
Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Sustainable Communities (Services) at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “It was a really fantastic day. It was great that the whole community came together to enjoy the launch – especially so many youngsters and families.
“The Trail is really an innovative way of including art in our everyday lives and has enhanced the environment in exciting ways, like the inclusion of new seating areas. taken a lot of planning and co-operation from council officers. We hope that this Trail will leave a legacy of boosting education, family friendly activity and tourism, as well as getting people active. I hope too that children visiting the Trail will see the artworks around the town and want to get stuck into the books that inspired it and perhaps adults too.
“Leighton Buzzard is such a vibrant town and we’re excited to think that the Children’s Trail can become another key part of what makes this place so unique. I hope that it will go on to attract people into our area for years to come.”
Cllr Angela Barker, Chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council and the Mayor of Leighton Linslade Town Council, Cllr Alan Brandham officially launched the Trail on August 25.
Pick up a Trail map at Leighton Buzzard Library, from Leighton Linslade Town Council offices or online in the near future.
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Saturday 25 May 2013
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