Delight as GoGoDragons are welcomed to city by Jake Humphrey
The dragons have landed and they are here to light up the city for the summer.
The red carpet was rolled out to welcome the GoGoDragons! to Norwich, making their debut outing in the city at a ceremony held at the Riverside leisure complex.
Martin Green, the organiser of the project, said: “This evening is the culmination of 14 months hard work.
“With Norwich’s historical links with dragons, the GoGoDragons were born,” Mr Green added.
TV presenter Jake Humphrey was the star guest and was invited as a patron of the Break children’s charity who originated the art project.
Paying tribute to those who work for the Norfolk charity, Mr Humphrey said: “The only reason it can do the work it does is because of the hardworking and unbelievable staff.
“I love Break and I love Norwich and these dragons are going to light up the city,” the former Hewett School pupil said. The television presenter said the previous GoGoGorillas project in 2013 was great for the city.
“The gorillas were amazing but the dragons are better,” he added. There was a final countdown before the big reveal of a sculpture, called Duelling Dragons, under a sea of confetti which rained down on spectators as steam poured from the two metallic dragons’ mouths. The centrepiece sculpture of two smoke-breathing monsters and a knight was created by the Norfolk Antique and Reclamation Centre and will stand tall in Riverside for the coming months.
The GoGoDragons! trail launches on Sunday, June 21 and will finish on Saturday, September 5.