Pupils' Elmer the Elephant designs are displayed on Metro

Pupils with their Elmer art work on board a Metro train
12 July 2019

School kids are showcasing their art work for thousands of passengers on the Tyne and Wear Metro to celebrate this summer’s art trail, Elmer’s Great North Parade, by St Oswald’s Hospice.

Sixteen winning Elmer designs have been chosen from schools across the region and they are to be displayed on board a special Elmer-themed Metro carriage.

The winners were officially presented with copies of their designs at a special ceremony at St James Metro station in Newcastle, where they got to see their Elmer designs inside of the Metro carriage, on advertising cards. View the winners here: https://www.nexus.org.uk/elmer

Metro is the headline partner for Elmer’s Great North Parade, which will see giant sculptures of much-loved children’s book character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant appear across the region for families to find and explore, 21 August to 1 November.

Scores of pupils from across the region have been designing their very own Elmers as part of a competition run by Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro.

Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, said: “We’ve been blown away by the truly amazing and colourful elephant designs. It’s really captured the imagination ahead of the Elmer’s Great North Parade, which starts next month.

“The lucky winners will get the rare chance to see their work adorn our special Elmer-themed Metro carriage from now until the end of October – as well as knowing it will be seen by thousands of passengers for who Metro is part of everyday life.  I’m delighted that so many schools across the region have taken part and my congratulations go to all those who submitted a design.

“As the headline sponsor of the Elmer trail we’re delighted to be supporting this project. Metro will play a big part in helping families get out and about this summer to follow the trail. Metro is the best way to enjoy Elmer’s Great North Parade, with frequent trains and sculptures perfectly placed close to stations across Tyne and Wear.”

Libby Fryer, Event Team Manager at St Oswald’s Hospice, said: “This has been a brilliant project to get young people engaged with this summer’s Elmer Great North Parade art trail. There are some excellent Elmer designs on display on the Metro.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Tyne and Wear Metro as our Headline Partner for the Parade. The drawing competition was the perfect way to encourage children and their families to get involved, making them really feel a part of what promises to be a spectacular event.”

Following the success of the Great North Snowdogs art trail in 2016, Elmer’s Great North Parade will feature 50 individually designed Elmer sculptures generously sponsored by local businesses, inspired by David McKee’s children’s book series. They will be joined by a herd of 115 little Elmer sculptures designed by local school children and community groups.

Elmer’s Great North Parade is being presented by St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice, working in partnership with creative producers Wild in Art and Elmer’s Licensee, Anderson Press. Previous Wild in Art trails across the country have attracted thousands of local, regional and national visitors – making a significant impact on the economic and cultural life of the region.

Elmer’s Great North Parade will also be supported by a region-wide learning programme for schools and children’s groups and will culminate in Elmer’s Farewell Weekend at Newcastle Racecourse on 9th and 10th November 2019.

This will enable people to see the sculptures herded together for the final time, before they are sold at The Big Elmer Auction, an exciting event to be held on 12th November 2019 at Sage, Gateshead to raise money for St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice.

One iconic Metro cube at Monument Metro station has been transformed into the bright Elmer patchwork for the duration of the Parade.

For more information about Elmer’s Great North Parade including corporate and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.greatnorthelmer.co.uk  or follow the Parade on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #greatnorthelmer.


Metro's Elmer the Elephant train

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