LiveTaunton Deane Dragon Trail launched today - follow the updates here

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  • Trail launch runs from 10am-3pm
  • Put YOUR thumbprint on a real live dragon (don't worry, they're very friendly)
  • Meet the dragon guards - Darth Vader and storm troopers! (stay with us, it's all on a fantasy/sci-fi them)
  • Fun dragon activities
  • Dragon being painted live
  • Meet the mayor's dragon (and the mayor)


There will be full coverage of the launch in the County Gazette on Thursday, May 22 - don't miss it!




Dragon trailers give the day a thumbs up

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The public's dragon at the end of the day.

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Jude Walker shows off his winning entry as it gets transposed onto the dragon.

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Jude's nearly-finished dragon at the end of the day.


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A young dragon fan makes his mark


Artist Jonathan works on the design


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Give us a dragon roar!


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Still plenty of time to come and see the dragons (and Darth) - they will be in the shopping centre until 3pm.




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Artist Jonathan Leach paints a design created by 10-year-old Jude Walker, who has seen his artwork being transposed today.


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Dragons + Star Wars = Perfection!


County Gazette editor Alex Cameron gets an exclusive interview with the Dark Lord...

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Brownies were among the furst to make their mark on the dragon.


It's been a busy morning in the Orchard shopping centre in Taunton -hundreds of people have enjoyed meeting the dragons and the Star Wars guests.


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Dragon fans make their mark


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Facepaint fun


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Here's the scene in the orchard centre last night - dragons ready for painting!


DON’T miss your chance to make history and help decorate a Deane Dragon TODAY (May 17).

Everyone is invited to add their thumbprint to a blank dragon at the trail launch event at the orchard shopping centre in Taunton from 10am to 3pm.

Other attractions on the day include:

  • Watching an artist painting a dragon;
  • Free face painting;
  • Buy tickets in a raffle to win a full-size trail dragon;
  • A fun dragon quiz;
  • Special Star Wars character guests - Darth Vader and storm troopers (not exactly dragon-related, but all on a sci-fi/fantasy theme)

The Taunton Deane Dragon Trail is part of a series of events spearheaded by new Taunton Deane Mayor Dave Durdan.

Cllr Durdan, who was given his chain of office last week, is leading a team of volunteers from local organisations and businesses who are putting the trail together in a bid to boost footfall, attract tourists and create some family fun.

They hope to emulate the success of other trails like Gromit Unleashed in Bristol.

Cllr Durdan said: “We’re really looking forward to introducing members of the public to three of the dragons, especially as they can help decorate one of them with their thumbprint.

“I wanted to use my mayoral year to raise money, champion our wonderful communities and encourage people to have fun.

“The dragon trail is just one of the ideas we have in store.”

On Saturday, organisers will be showing off three of the 30 dragons heading for the streets of Taunton, Wellington and Wiveliscombe later this summer.

The trail is raising funds for community projects in Taunton Deane with the proceeds administered by the Somerset Community Foundation.

Local artist Jonathan Leach will be transposing one of the entries from a public design competition on to another dragon, and the Mayor’s Dragon, which is painted and complete, will also be there on the day (no thumbprints allowed on these two, though).

There will also be free comics given away thanks to Krackers Comics and Games in Bath Place, as well as dragon prizes to be won.

Businesses are invited to support the Taunton Deane Dragon Trail by sponsoring a Dragon – call Andy Sharman for details on 07795-561290 or email

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9:19am Fri 6 Jun 14

Siker72 says...

Received my dragon today, and I am honoured to be allowed to paint one...
Received my dragon today, and I am honoured to be allowed to paint one... Siker72
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