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Izzy unpacks her brightly-painted trunk

PUBLISHED: 12:36 03 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:25 05 July 2010

GO IZZY: Youngsters from Roman Hill Middle School go wild and welcome Izzy the Elephant.

GO IZZY: Youngsters from Roman Hill Middle School go wild and welcome Izzy the Elephant.

CARRIED on the shoulders of four strong men to resounding cheers and the deafening chant of her name, Intricate Izzy's arrival in Lowestoft was fit for a queen.

CARRIED on the shoulders of four strong men to resounding cheers and the deafening chant of her name, Intricate Izzy's arrival in Lowestoft was fit for a queen.

But to the children of Roman Hill Middle School, who bid £7,000 for the Go Elephant, it signalled a historic moment which their headteacher hopes will be remembered for generations to come.

Paul Herod decided to use money from their fundraising pot to buy the multicoloured animal to boost the coffers of children's cancer charity Clic Sergant and the Born Free Foundation, striving to help endangered species.

And his vision of welcoming her onto the school site in Avondale Road on Wednesday was nothing short of amazing.

Children formed a zig-zag shaped walkway to flank Izzy, as she passed through the entrance, held by members of Normanshurst fire station, who agreed to help.

Each pupil waved colourful flags and shouted her name as they followed it through the grounds, seemingly mesmerised.

Izzy was one of 41 sculptures to go under the hammer during the auction, which took place at The Forum, in Norwich, last week. Twelve others were returned to the community groups who created them.

Go Elephants was an opportunity for a collection of artists to put their own individual stamp on the fibreglass animals, and during the summer they stood at various key locations through the city as part of a safari trail for visitors to discover.

However, behind their bright exterior there was a serious meaning. The auction raised more than £200,000 and was doubled through sponsorship, to go to both the aforementioned charities.

Izzy, which was designed by pupils at Hellesdon High School, attracted the fourth highest bid out of all the elephants and Mr Herod said the school was drawn to her because of her pattern, which promotes Indian and African multiculturalism.

He said: “I saw the elephants round Norwich and thought one would be a lovely thing to have in our school. Elephants are supposed to never forget and we are always getting our children to remember what we say. We've been doing a bit of fundraising to pay for it and now we will continue to do it for the next couple of years.

“We're having lots of cake stalls and non uniform days, but the money is going to two great charities and at Roman Hill we are proud to support them.”

Mr Herod said each class was going to have their photograph taken yesterday with Izzy as a keepsake, and while she will be kept outside in the summer months, during other seasons she will be moved around from classrooms, to the library and the hall.

Also there to celebrate with the children was some members of the class of 1948, who still live in Lowestoft and attend the school for Christmas dinner and to present a yearly academic prize.

Bill Golder, Peter Curtis, Tony Lightfoot, Ken Blowers, Mike Barnard, Peter Muirhead and Peter Borrett award the 4T trophy at the end of the summer term to a student who has made a difference during the school year.

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