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Summary

  • Taunton Deane Dragon Trail proving popular with families
  • Maps and trail guides are selling well
  • There's a map and guide in your County Gazette out now (July 17 edition)
  • Send your photos to newsdesk@countygazette.co.uk

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7:48am

Somerset County Gazette: There's another way you can get your hands on a dragon - Watkins toys in East Reach is selling TY Beanie dragons with some of a proceeds going to the Mayor's charity - see the Mayor himself modelling the dragons above!

The cute but fiery beasts are £5 but supply is limited so hot foot it over there! 

Shop Taunton!

 

7:37am

Happy Saturday dragon fans!

The dragons are (hopefully) waterproof so they are looking forward to seeing you today despite the dodgy forecast...

6:32pm

Don't forget, there's a full dragon trail guide and map in the County Gazette (July 17 edition), out NOW!

Here's what it looks like...

Somerset County Gazette:

 

But please don't forget to support the trail by donating a £1 to the cause at any of the outlets listed below.

6:29pm

Don't forget, you can WIN a dragon - buy your raffle tickets to win Roary, pictured below, at Taunton Tourist Information Centre and the Museum of Somerset.Somerset County Gazette: You could own Roary

6:29pm

You can see roving dragon Proud Heritage at Ruishton Village Day Flower Show on Saturday 19th July (starts 2pm).

Be sure to feed him!

6:28pm

GOOD NEWS:

Two of the four missing dragons have made their way to the trail today. They are:

  • 10 - King George - at the King's Arms pub, Taunton
  • 18 - Queen's College - at Queen's College, Taunton

That leaves the two remaining missing ones as:

  • 4 - Defendamus - at County Walk, Taunton - however, his place is currently taken by roving substitute dragon Accident Pronus
  • 16 - Night Dragon - at the Octagon Salerooms, Taunton.

Sorry about the delay - organisers are working on getting the remaining two out and about as soon as possible.

 

6:22pm

Here's the latest list of where you can get your official trail guide and map:

They'll set you back the bargain price of £1 - with proceeds going to good causes in Taunton Deane, so if you're feeling generous, feel free to donate even more!

TAUNTON

  • Taunton Tourist Information Centre, Paul Street (next to the library)
  • Museum of Somerset
  • High Ropes/Golf Club reception, Vivary Park - open Sundays 7.30am-7.30pm
  • The Castle Hotel

WELLINGTON

  • Wellington Museum
  • C9 shop
  • Wellington Boots
  • The Community Office
  • Offices of the Wellington Weekly News

WIVELISCOMBE

  • Wiveliscombe House, the Square
  • Wivey Post Office
  • Wivey doctors surgery

PLUS

Willow and Wetlands Centre, Stoke St Gregory

 

6:17pm

The 18th Taunton St Peter's Brownies posted this photo to the Dragon Trail's Facebook page - www.facebook.com/dragonsdeane - showing their end of term dragon hunt on Wednesday.

They tracked down eight of the 31 trail dragons.

Somerset County Gazette:

 

6:12pm

Who looks more nervous, the dragon, the horses or the police officers?!

Somerset County Gazette:

6:09pm

FAMILIES have already been busy following the Taunton Deane Dragon Trail – and now businesses are being urged to make the most of the extra visitors.

The trail, led by Taunton Deane Mayor Dave Durdan, aims to create plenty of family fun, bring people to our area and raise money for good causes.

You’ll find a trail map and details on how to get the official guides in this week’s County Gazette (July 17 edition), as well as photos of from the trail.

Royal Marines from 40 Commando, based near Taunton, even got involved on Friday, delivering the models in Wellington as the trail was launched.

Trail guides have proven popular with Taunton Tourist Information Centre alone selling about 400 since the weekend. 

Now local businesses are being urged to make the most of the influx of people by getting involved with the trail.

Other trails, like Gromit Unleashed in Bristol, saw businesses benefit from huge amounts of extra footfall on their doorstep.

Colin Barrell, president of Taunton Chamber of Commerce, said: “We really welcome this initiative. 

“Taunton needs to have activities going on which create interest and brighten people’s lives and this does just that!

“This will give locals and visitors of all ages a great reason to get all around Taunton Deane and should be a real boost to the local economies. 

“We would call on anyone as individuals, businesses and other organisations to shout loud about this and encourage everyone to come and visit Taunton and the surrounding area to hunt out these dragons and find out what our towns have to offer. 

“Use social media, your websites, the County Gazette, shop windows and whatever form of communication you can but let's all get behind this brilliant project.”

“I first came across something similar when I went to Chicago in 1999 where there were decorated full size models of cows dotted all around the city and thought it was a wonderful idea then.”

Andrew Hopkins, from Taunton TIC, added: “It’s been really positive – people have been so enthusiastic and they are looking to explore our area.”

Send your dragon photos to newsdesk@countygazette.co.uk

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