Abellio Greater Anglia sponsors 'Pigs Gone wild' sculpture at Ipswich station

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A pig named "Hamlet" is spending the summer at Ipswich railway station as part of the "Pigs Gone Wild" charity art trail.

The special sculpture, sponsored by Abellio Greater Anglia (AGA), is adorned with impressive images of pigs in the Suffolk landscape with an AGA train in the background and will be in place in front of the station from the end of June to the start of September, as part of Suffolk's biggest ever, mass participation, public art event.

The Pigs Gone Wild interactive sculpture trail, which runs from Monday 27 June to Friday 2 September, is a partnership between the St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich and Wild in Art trails. It features 39 larger-than-life pig sculptures and 30 junior pigs, with a range of stunning designs and images, across Ipswich and beyond, with a trail which can be followed using a downloadable map. There is also a Pigs Gone Wild App where details of the trail and each of the pigs can be found, as well as information about some of the special prizes being offered by sponsors.

Abellio Greater Anglia is running a competition with a chance to win a First Class family ticket to London, as part of its sponsorship of "Hamlet".

After the trail finishes on 2 September, the pigs will all be auctioned with all proceeds from the event going to the St Elizabeth Hospice - a charity which provides specialist care and support for people living with progressive illnesses, as well as practical advice and family support.

Jonathan Denby, Head of Corporate Affairs for Abellio Greater Anglia, said: "We're delighted to be playing a positive role in the Pigs Gone Wild charity art trail in Ipswich this summer, with the impressive Hamlet pig sculpture at the front of the station. We hope many people will come by train to see the trail in Ipswich, with Ipswich station as an ideal place to start the trail - which will be helping to raise money for the St. Elizabeth Hospice."

Norman Lloyd, Pigs Gone Wild project manager, said: “We are delighted that Abellio Greater Anglia have come on board as a sponsor and to have their pig located at the station is ideal, as anyone travelling into or out of the town will see it and hopefully be inspired to find the rest of the pig sculptures on the trail. Their app prize is one of many, so make sure if you follow the trail to download the official Pigs Gone Wild app to unlock all the pigs and other prizes and special offers, including the first class family ticket.”