Timms Solicitors Support Carousel-Inspired Arts Trail
Timms Solicitors, which has offices in Burton, Swadlincote, Ashby and Derby have pledged support for the next innovative Burton arts trail which will come to the town centre next summer.
Following on from the success of Burton Swans in 2020, The Big Burton Carousel will feature 30 recycled and reformed plastic sculptures of galloping horses.
They will be installed around the town centre to make up a free and interactive ten-week sculpture trail for visitors to explore and enjoy before being auctioned off to raise money for mental health charity, Burton & District Mind.
The Big Burton Carousel is designed by Making Trails and East Staffordshire Borough Council and supported by a team of artists, businesses and local organisations including Timms who will choose a design that will adorn their sponsored horse on the trail.
Timms managing partner Fiona Moffat said: “As a firm that has been rooted in this area for more than 125 years, we are proud to be supporting the local community where our staff and clients live and work and we are delighted to be sponsoring a carousel horse in this wonderful family-friendly public art trail.
“The Burton Swans was a huge success and brought every much-needed joy and colour to the town during the pandemic.
“I am sure that The Big Burton Carousel will equally increase community engagement, boost town centre footfall, increase civic pride and stimulate the local economy.
“We are particularly pleased that the proceeds from the auction at the end of the trail will support Burton & District Mind and directly help local people living with mental health challenges.”
The sculptures are inspired by the classic fairground carousel which has a very special place in the history and heritage of Burton-upon-Trent as it was where local craftsmen George Orton and Charles Spooner came together to design and produce some of the world’s best fairground rides and showmen’s caravans from the 1890s to the 1950s.
They had an unrivalled reputation and their exceptional artistry and engineering work sits at the heart of fairground history.
Project Manager Tilley Bancroft concluded: “Following the success of The Swan Seekers project, we are delighted to be shining a light on a lesser known aspect of Burton’s history.
“We are very grateful to the local businesses who are helping us to make this happen and look forward to welcoming back residents and visitors alike to see Burton in a whole new light, discover stories about Burton’s history and heritage and what makes it such a great place to work and live today.”
For more information about the Big Burton Carousel visit: https://www.thebigburtoncarousel.co.uk/