New statues mark town's Alice Trail

Reporter:

Iwan Berry

VISITORS to Llandudno were left curiouser and curiouser as new additions were made to the town’s street-scene.

Wooden sculptures of the Queen of Hearts and Alice were put in place on Gloddaeth Street and Vaughan Street this week as part of work on the Alice Trail.

The aim of the trail is to take advantage of the town’s links with Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, and draw tourists interested in his work to the town.

Two other statues, of the Rabbit and the Mad Hatter, were also installed later in the week.

All four of the installations were made by Carmarthen-based sculptor Simon Hedger.

Conwy County Borough Council received financial support to set up the trail from Llandudno Town Council, Visit Wales and the Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN) fund.

As well as the sculptures, a flower clock, band stand and outdoor educational site will also be installed at the Happy Valley.

Simon Burrows, a partner at Alice in Wonderland Ltd, who also want to promote the town’s links with Carroll’s tales, welcomed the installation of the statues.

He said: “It’s absolutely fantastic. Llandudno needed something to attract the international community and get visitors excited.”

Jim Jones, Section Head: Tourism & Coastal Community Development, said: “There is tremendous interest in the Alice stories around the world, and particularly in Japan and the USA and we believe there is great scope for attracting visitors from those countries.”

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