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The Royal International 'Hare' Tattoo

Published: 20 Jan 2017   updated: 29 Mar 2017

The Royal International Air Tattoo is hopping on-board this year's Cirencester March Hare Festival.

As part of the six-month 2017 festival, the world's biggest military airshow has sponsored a 5ft hare which will be featured as part of the Cotswold Trail. The Air Tattoo will work with a professional artist to decorate the hare, which will be put to auction to raise money for Gloucestershire based charity, the National Star Centre. 

A spokesperson for the Air Tattoo, said: "For us, being part of the Cirencester March Hare Festival is one of a number of ways in which we like to get involved with the local community and to show our thanks and gratitude to people for their patience over the busy Air Tattoo period. We've seen the hares dotted around in the past and there've been some really creative and interesting designs."

Paying special tribute to the 70th anniversary of the US Air Force, the Air Tattoo, which takes place at RAF Fairford from July 14-16, will feature exciting aircraft from around the world, including popular display US team the Thunderbirds. To coincide with the American flavour of this year's show, the sponsored hare will also salute the milestone anniversary.

Air Tattoo spokesperson added: "We're really excited to get involved and sponsor a hare for the Cotswold Trail which, fingers' crossed, will reflect the colour and flamboyance of the airshow itself. The project is going to be a lot of fun for us to work on - perhaps we should consider renaming this summer's airshow the Hare Tattoo!"

The Cotswold Trail is a fun and interactive new tourist feature, forming part of the Cirencester March Hare Festival. The trail, which runs from 25 March - 10 September, will feature 50 decorated hares linking towns across the Cotswolds. At the end of the festival, each sculpture will be put to auction, raising vital funds for disability charity, The National Star Centre, and local heritage projects. 

The National Star Centre offers help, hope and support to young people with special educational needs.

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