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Published June 1st 2019
New sculpture trail brings Mr Toad and friends to life
A new set of sculptures has been unveiled at a Staffordshire park in honour of one of the best known and most loved children's books of all time. Dosthill Park in Tamworth has just welcomed four new residents in the form of familiar children's characters from Wind in the Willows. The aim was to create a new Wind in the Willows sculpture trail around the park in time for an outdoor theatre performance of the classic story, which will be staged in Dosthill Park on Sunday 16 June. The famous Wind in the Willows characters, namely Mr Toad, Ratty, Badger and Mole, have been brought to life by sculptor and artist Luke Perry, creator of the statue of the Anglo-Saxon warrior Aethelflaed in Tamworth town centre.

Wind in the Willows, Dosthill Park
One of the Wind in the Willows characters taking shape

The metal sculptures, each measuring two metres in height, have been located in four areas of the park ready for visitors to discover them and, hopefully, get them talking about the heart-warming tale of friendship, mishap and mayhem written and created by Kenneth Grahame. Sculptor Luke Perry said: "Making the sculptures was a really fun task as I have loved Wind in the Willows since I can remember. I have the picture of the full 1980's BBC cast and recall the voices of David Jason as Toad. This inspired me to make sure that the pieces were as full of personality as the story itself. I hope that they are enjoyed by all."

Wind in the Willows, Dosthill Park
The sculptures herald the arrival of a theatre performance in Dosthill Park

The arrival of Toad, Ratty, Badger and Mole heralds the outdoor theatre performance of Wind in the Willows, which will be performed in the park by Quantum Theatre on June 16, starting at 1pm. Tickets priced 8 for adults and 6 for children are available by calling the booking line on 01827 709618 or by visiting the website at
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Why? Discover Wind In The Willows Characters On New Sculpture Trail
When: Indefinite
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Dosthill Park, Blackwood Road, Dosthill, Tamworth B77 1LL
Cost: Sculpture trail is free
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