Popular elephants return

PUBLISHED: 12:10 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:12 10 June 2010

VISITORS driving into Exmouth this summer are once again being greeted with spectacular floral menageries on two of the town s roundabouts.

VISITORS driving into Exmouth this summer are once again being greeted with spectacular floral menageries on two of the town's roundabouts.

For the second year in succession the popular elephants - complete spurting trunks - are at the Chapel Hill roundabout.

While a new floral display of fish can also seen at the Imperial Road Roundabout, next to the bus and train stations.

The displays, by East Devon District Council, are the brainchild of Street Scenes inventive Steve Rippin.

Steve said: "The animal safari theme has a proved really popular in the past and we just wanted to continue the theme. We always want to have something fun and unique for Exmouth every year.

"It started about 12 years ago with a display of peacocks and since then we have also had a pride of lions and the Exmouth Monster."

He added that it took a 'surprisingly' short time to construct the displays - from the original designs by him and his team, to construct the frame to growing the plants took about 16 to 20 weeks.

Exmouth Town clerk John Wokersien added: "The elephants have returned because they proved so popular members of the public asked for it to come back.

"The fish display was to build on that theme.

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