GoGoHares are not a waste of time for artist

Huck Bond and Rudey Ratcliffe show off their GoGoHares paintings Picture: WT Skip Hire

Huck Bond and Rudey Ratcliffe show off their GoGoHares paintings Picture: WT Skip Hire


GoGoHares fever will be hitting Great Yarmouth this week thanks to a team-up between a skip hire company, an artist and two creative youngsters.

Mik Richardson works on the GoGOHare skip provided by WT Skip Hire
Picture: WT Skip HireMik Richardson works on the GoGOHare skip provided by WT Skip Hire Picture: WT Skip Hire

To help promote the GoGoHares trail artist Mik Richardson has painted a family of hares on the side of a skip in conjunction with Great Yarmouth company WT Skip Hire.

Mr Richardson was helped by aspiring artists Huck Bond, 12 and from Ormesby, and Rudey Ratcliffe, 13 and from Caister.

The new skip was painted in front of crowds at The Forum in Norwich

Hares featured on the skip include Hareo, Hareliquin, Super Hareo and other hares playing on a heath under the shadow of Norwich Cathedral.

On Sunday 50 hares sprung up across Norwich, with 18 more scattered around the county to form the most extensive GoGo trails yet organised by the children’s charity Break and Wild in Art.

Mr Richardson has designed three hares for the new trail, which sees three of the colourful sculptures in Great Yarmouth and Hemsby this year.

He worked on the GoGoDragons and GoGoGorillas trails in previous years and famously created the Freddie Mercury gorilla in 2013.

The gorilla was shown at the Forum but had to be repainted after the Mercury Phoenix Trust claimed the Freddie-like sculpture misrepresented the singer’s image.

This year’s trail marks the fifth year that Mr Richardson has collaborated with WT Skip Hire, having painted images onto skips at various events in Norfolk including the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival.

WT Skip Hire director Gary Thurtle said: “The skip art events are always great fun. Mik is a real character and loves talking to the crowds.

The finished skip goes onto the streets for delivery to customers and really helps us stand out from the competition.

“This event was the first time that Mik has mentored children while doing his artwork and he found it really inspiring to help them. Huck and Rudey were great fun and were very professional.

“We look forward to showing off their work and hope other children will find their work inspirational.”

For more information about GoGoHares, visit

For more information about Break and the work the charity does to support children, young people and families in need, visit

GOGOHARES sticker book

The GoGoHares sticker book is a fun souvenir of every sculpture made for the trails brought to Norfolk by children’s charity Break and Wild in Art.

The EDP and Norwich Evening News have teamed up with Break and East of England Co-op to create the 60-page book which costs £5 and is a tribute to all the artists, hare sponsors and supporters who have helped create the GoGoHares family.

There are 233 stickers to collect. From todayJune 25 the EDP and Evening News are publishing a voucher each day which can be exchanged for one pack of five stickers. Every Saturday the EDP will include a voucher for two

packs. Alternatively you can buy sticker packs for £1 each and the £5 album at selected EDP and Norwich Evening News offices including our Great Yarmouth office, Break shops, East of England Co-op stores, One Stop shops and independent retailers, online, and by calling 01603 772138.

Visitors to the EDP and Evening News tea tent at the Royal Norfolk Show can buy the album for just £4 and buy six sticker packs for the price of five.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Great Yarmouth Mercury. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Great Yarmouth Mercury