The frightful fiend was used as part of a city centre trail around Nottingham this summer but has now been moved to its forever home in the formal gardens at Wollaton Hall and Deer Park.
The Dinosaur City Centre Trail was organised by It’s in Nottingham from June to September of this year – with three large dinosaur statues dotted across the city.
Roary, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, was situated on Lister Gate, near intu Broadmarsh Centre, but earlier this month was transported via lorry to the popular tourist attraction in Wollaton.
He was given his name by six-year-old Daniel Huett, a pupil at Fernwood Primary and Nursery School, located in Arleston Drive, Wollaton, Nottingham. The young students at the school were tasked with naming two of the three dinosaur sculptures – with Daniel, from Wollaton, taking the winning prize with the name Roary for the T-Rex.
The sculpture is made out of galvanised steel wire and was designed and created by artist Emma Stothard, who hosted a stand at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The fellow two dinosaurs were loaned by Emma for the project and included a Pterodactyl named Squawkers, and a Plesiosaurus named Ayupmeduckosaurus. They have both now returned to their original home in Whitby.
The It’s in Nottingham Dinosaur City Centre Trail made up this year’s Urban Intervention scheme from the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID), the organisation behind It’s in Nottingham. These initiatives are organised every year with the aim of attracting visitors to the city centre, enhancing the area and supporting surrounding businesses.
The theme of dinosaurs was chosen to tie in with the Dinosaurs of China exhibition, which was held at Wollaton Hall and Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham this summer.
For visitors wanting to catch a glimpse of Roary the Tyrannosaurus Rex at Wollaton Park, he is now situated in the formal gardens to the left of the hall.
Neil Fincham, one of the directors of the Nottingham BID, said: “It’s great to see the T-Rex in place in its final location. It was a popular attraction over the summer for visitors to the city centre so I’m sure guests to Wollaton Hall will enjoy catching another glimpse.”
Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Culture, Nottingham City Council said: “We are very grateful to Nottingham BID for donating the dinosaur to the city. It will serve as a lasting reminder of the Dinosaurs of China exhibition being at Wollaton Hall this summer.”
Penny Beniston, site manager at Wollaton Hall and Park, added: “Roary is a delightful and fun addition to Wollaton. Hopefully it will encourage our visitors to visit our fascinating natural history and fossil collection located within the Hall. We have had a wonderful summer of dinosaurs which Roary will help us to remember. “