Having delighted thousands of visitors to Bournemouth during the summer, the Pride in Bournemouth lions are ready to say farewell as they make their final public appearance at the star-studded lion auction.
All 50 of the life-size lion sculptures will be up for grabs at the auction being held at The Pavillion on 18th September.
Charlie Langhorne, Director of Pride in Bournemouth said: “The auction is the final chapter to the Pride in Bournemouth project. It is here where we raise the much needed funds for Julia’s House and the Born Free Foundation, so it is really important that we get as much support from the local community as possible.
“A Pride in Bournemouth lion is the perfect way to make a statement, whether you want to make the neighbours talk with an alternative to the garden gnome, or a local business that wants a fantastic and colourful addition to their reception, the lions are certainly a talking point!
“With each lion hand painted or crafted by talented local artists and the local community you will not find anything else like it in the world, so it really is a unique piece of art!”
The spectacular auction will welcome patrons, actor, Martin Clunes and wildlife campaigner, Virginia McKenna, together with children’s favourite TV personality, Chris Jarvis. Celebrity TV auctioneer and star of Cash in the Attic and Flog It, James Lewis will be leading the proceeding with his hammer in hand as people bid for their favorite lion.
The gala auction has already gained a lot of interest as people get ready to bid for their favourite lion and with a whole pride to choose from including Firestar, Bunting and Headlion, there is a sculpture that everyone will love.
Before taking their final bow, the pride will be wowing the crowds on the south terrace of The Bournemouth Pavilion between 10am – 3pm on 17th and 18th September. The Gala auction will be held at the Bournemouth Pavilion on the 18th September from 7pm.
To enjoy the Gala reception and auction the ticket price is £15 for reception and auction entry or £5 if you simply want to attend the auction. You can buy your auction tickets now, in person from the Pavilion or BIC ticket office. Ticket line: 0844 576 3000 Online: www.bic.co.uk