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Celebrity designer helps launch Hare Trail

Cirencester's answer to the Gromit Trail got underway today.

Local artists, school children and celebrities have decorated 40 giant hares.

They'll be on display all over the town throughout the summer, before being auctioned off to raise money for Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

Hares have been linked with Cirencester since an image of one was found on a Roman mosaic in the town.

Cirencester's hare trail gets underway

Former Changing Rooms star Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen unveils his decorated hare with festival organiser Florence Bettlestone. Credit: ITV News West Country

Cirencester's answer to the Gromit Trail got underway today.

A sculpture trail of 40 hares which are 5ft tall, and over 30 life-sized hares will be on display over the next few months.

The hares are individually sponsored by local businesses, community groups and schools and are creatively decorated by local artists, celebrities or school children.

In October the hares will all be auctioned. The proceeds will be used to help raise the £50,000 needed by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to begin to develop the Green Hare Churn Walkway around the River Churn in Cirencester.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's hare. Credit: ITV News West Country


Teenager dies in Cirencester Park

A 15 year old girl has died in a park in Gloucestershire. Police were called to St Michael's Park in Cirencester this afternoon.

Despite the best efforts of emergency services, the girl was pronounced dead at the scene. A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious. St Michael's Park remains closed while police carry out investigations.


STATEMENT: Cirencester water problems

Thames Water has issued the following statement after 900 homes in the Cirencester area were left without water yesterday.

Problems with the power supply to our Latton treatment works led to interruptions to customers' water supplies in Cirencester on Sunday.

Engineers repaired faults caused by the electrical issues and restored water to customers’ taps by Sunday evening.

We are really sorry for the disruption this caused.

– Thames Water spokesperson

Bottled water given out as hundreds are without


Bottled water is now available in two locations for those without water in GL7: Cirencester Primary School, Victoria Rd, GL7 1EX.


@thameswater making life difficult for us with a sold out show this evening, but we will persevere somehow!


A third location for bottled water in GL7 can be found at Beeches Car Park, Beeches Road, GL7 1BN. Thanks for bearing with us.

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