March 5, 2013 | Community News
The world’s largest red nose could well be coming to the North East as giant landform sculpture Northumberlandia shows her support for Comic Relief.
The Lady of the North will be donning what is thought to be the world’s largest Red Nose on Monday March 11 and she is asking for public help to make this happen.
Euan Hall, chief executive of the Land Trust commented “Although a lady would never tell, Northumberlandia’s nose is 9.7m wide (cheek to cheek), the width at the top of the nose is 3.2m and the height is 4.6m. We can’t think of a bigger nose, so we are going to need as many people as possible to get involved and help Northumberlandia show her support for Red Nose Day.”
Schools, groups, workplaces or friends are being invited to create part of this historic nose by making a 1m square red collage. This can be made of any material which will withstand the elements for a few hours although the trust is suggesting that contributors use unwanted red clothes, which can be ‘cashed in’ after the event to support Comic Relief.
People in the North East can donate any old, unwanted red clothes that will be used to create the nose. Unwanted clothes can be dropped off at Northumberlandia when the site is open and the warden is on hand, at the Concordia Leisure Centre in Cramlington or at any of the following Tourist Information centres in Northumberland: Hexham, Corbridge, Seahouses, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Alnwick, Craster, Morpeth, Wooler and Haltwhistle, before Monday 11th March. The park is open every day from 9:30am – 4pm.
Northumberlandia is made of 1.5 million tonnes of rock, clay and soil, is 100 feet high, a quarter of a mile long and set in 47 acres community park with free access and four miles of footpaths on and around her. She cost £3 million to construct which was privately funded by the Banks Group and the Blagdon Estate and was designed by the world renowned architect and artist Charles Jencks. She is now under the ownership of open space management charity The Land Trust and managed on their behalf by Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Azure Charitable Enterprises.
Euan added: “We are being supported by the wonderful DUCK – Durham University Charities Committee, who will be assembling the nose and putting it in place on the day. We are also thankful to UK Tarps Ltd who have given us a massive red tarpaulin that will form the base of the nose.”
Gilly Green Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief said: “We are delighted that the Lady of the North is going to be donning a Red Nose. Since Red Nose day 2011 more than £1.5 million has been spent on 107 projects in the North East and money raised this Red Nose Day could go towards more projects in the region.
Hopefully Northumberlandia’s Red Nose will inspire people in the North East to do something funny for money and help us raise even more money to help people living tough lives in the UK and Africa.”
If you want to join Northumberlandia and support Comic Relief by donning a Red Nose, they cost £1 with at least 60p going to Comic Relief. Available from Sainsbury’s, Oxfam and rednoseday.com. This year they’re ‘Dinosesaurs’ – three prehysteric creatures designed to have the nation roaring with laughter. For more information on Comic Relief and how to support Red Nose Day visit www.rednoseday.com”
For more information on the Northumberlandia’s red nose attempt check out the website www.northumberlandia.com or to register to make your own 1m square email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01925 852005