Down in the town centre to look at coaches, David Simper bumped into some unexpected visitors. Here he shares snaps of a few of the elephants in Elmer’s Big Parade.

Strolling down to the seafront to join the 67th UK Coach Rally on Sunday 14th April 2024, I came across an Elmer the elephant in the shape of a tram and stopped to take its picture. That got me going on a little sub-project to photograph the elephants in their settings throughout the town centre.

Blackpool is home to over 60 of these Elmer sculptures for eight weeks, all uniquely designed by artists from across the UK as well as local schools and community groups.

This Elmer parade idea is a good one and any critics must be taken to tusk. The kids and the adults alike were loving them, especially the kids.

With time on my hands before the coach rally awards, which I wanted to photograph, I went for coffee and snacks to Edward Street, catching a few Elmers before and after, including those in the Hounds Hill centre and Waterstones window.

Such a lot of thought, imagination and skill has gone into these Elmers, they really are beautiful and for such a good cause โ€“ Brian House Children’s Hospice.

Each Elmer picture tended to take a long time to take as I had to wait while the near constant flow of people round each one abated so I could get my shot. I could have got closer, but the idea was the Elmers in their environment. I believe the sketching group will be targeting the Elmers shortly, so that should be fun.

Here are more photographs of Elmers, I hope you like them.


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