To celebrate Tamworth’s role in the once-in-a-lifetime Torch relay, a life-sized athlete, carrying a torch and made completely from plants, now has pride of place in the Castle Grounds.
The athlete joins the popular Saxon Man, who has featured in thousands of tourist photographs since he was placed at the bottom of the Castle slope in time for the opening of the Staffordshire Hoard exhibition last year.
It is expected that the new addition to the Castle Grounds – who stands proudly in the clock flowerbed, close to the Upper Lawn – will also draw the crowds.
Saxon Man has undergone a makeover and has been completely replanted in time for the visit of the Heart of England in Bloom judges next Tuesday, July 10.
Cllr John Garner, Chairman of Tamworth In Bloom, said: “Every time I walk through the Castle Grounds, there is someone posing for a photo with Saxon Man. Now that everyone is fired up by the visit of the Olympic Torch to Tamworth, I think our new athlete will prove to be just as popular.”
The Tamworth pigs at the railway station and the swans at the Almshouses are back this year. There is also a new addition at Bright Crescent sheltered housing, in the shape of a deer made out of plants.
Tamworth is hoping to win gold again this year, after taking the top award in the Heart of England in Bloom campaign for the past two years. This year’s Tamworth In Bloom campaign, Red, White and Bloom, is a 60-day celebration, from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee through to next Tuesday’s judging day.