Bournemouth Lion Auction
Posted on September 19th, 2011 | Leave a Comment
At the Arlington Hotel we have loved spending the summer with ‘our’ lion ‘Firestar’. This beautiful lion, created by artist Natalie Guy, was one of 50 lions which formed the Pride in Bournemouth initiative to provide an art trail as well as raise funds for charities Born Free and Julia’s House Hospice. Sara and Bernard went along to the Pavilion Theatre to see charities patron Martin Clunes with Born Free’s Virginia McKenna and to watch the auction of these wonderful creatures. They had been faintly optimistic about taking one home to the Arlington Arts Cafe. Sadly for us our lion investment budget was just too small. Amazingly for the charities these lions raised a whopping amount under the hammer. Our lion ‘Firestar’ was sold for £1,400 + VAT. We hope that he will be given a great new home – shame it couldn’t have been with us!