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Hare Tattoo springs to life

Published: 02 Mar 2017   updated: 29 Mar 2017

The finishing touches are being put to the aptly dubbed ' Hare Tattoo', sponsored by the Royal International Air Tattoo.

Forming part of the Cotswold Trail at this year's Cirencester March Hare Festival, the Air Tattoo has collaborated with local artist Izzy Burton to decorate its 5ft hare.

With a US aviation theme in mind, Izzy and the Air Tattoo have been working together to design a concept suitable for the history-focused trail, which begins on March 25. The hare, which will be stationed on the green outside the Marlborough Arms in Fairford, will be one of 50 decorated hares linking towns across the Cotswolds.

Spokesperson for the Air Tattoo said: "We have been working closely with Izzy throughout the whole design process, and it is really starting to take shape. Seeing the initial sketches transferred on to the 5ft hare is fantastic - Izzy really captured the excitement surrounding the airshow and we can't wait for the finished product to be unveiled later this month."

The Cotswold Trail runs from March 25to September 10 2017. Visitors are invited to seek out the hares linking towns in the Cotswolds and have their photo taken with them. All 50 hares will be sent to auction when the festival ends, raising money for the National Star College and as well as a number of heritage projects.

Hare decoration gets underway.


The design begins to take shape inspired by some of the iconic aircraft on display at the Air Tattoo.


Izzy incorporates the feel of this year's artwork within the hare.

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