Final Farewell to the Pride of Bournemouth

Over 5,000 people said their final goodbye to the Pride in Bournemouth Lions as they made their last public appearance before the highly successful auction, which raised a considerable amount of money for charity

The popular Pride in Bournemouth public arts project came to an end at the weekend, culminating in a spectacular star-studded charity auction which raised over £73,000 for Julia’s House and the Born Free Foundation charities.

Celebrity supporters of Pride in Bournemouth arrived to kick the proceeding off with actor, Martin Clunes hosting the evening, and wildlife campaigner, Virginia McKenna and children’s favourite TV personality, Chris Jarvis making a guest appearance. The event, which was held at the Pavillion welcomed over 1400 people all hoping to out bid each other to become a proud owner of one of the 50 individually crafted life-size lion sculptures.

TV auctioneer, James Lewis got the auction off to a flying start as people bid for their favorite lion. The general public and local businesses did their best to secure their preferred lion, and with each individually designed by a local artist, and with its own personality, the choice was difficult.

Charlie Langhorne, Director of Wild in Art said: “The auction was a fitting tribute and finale for Pride in Bournemouth, not only did the lions sell for a substantial amounts of money but it was rewarding to see the event so well attended by a whole cross section of Bournemouth society demonstrating that Pride in Bournemouth was a truly community lead event.”
After over a year of preparations, creative thinking and countless hours of hard work, the final auction of the pride goes wild was a fitting end to a project which has brought the community together through art.

Organised by Wild in Art, Pride in Bournemouth will be remembered fondly by all those involved, and leaves behind a legacy for all future community art projects.

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