The fabulous sight of a giant pride of colourful lions and cubs displayed on the Headmaster’s Lawn at St Georges School Windsor Castle greeted guests at the media launch of the Lions of Windsor & Maidenhead 2019 sculpture trail.
Forty of the supersized lion sculptures and smaller cubs gathered together for the first time and were joined by their artists and sponsors, The Mayor, councillors, event supporters, the media, including an ITV film crew, and four fabulous Welsh Guards, resplendent in their red tunics and bearskins, who have recently moved to Windsor and had just finished their shift guarding Windsor Castle.
A roaring thanks to St Georges School for kindly hosting the event and to Sodexo for the fabulous food and drinks. Thanks also to Green Brothers Removals, the official movers of the pride, and to SMC Slough Ford Transit Centre for very generously providing the ‘Lions in Transit’ van for the duration of the project, which will soon become a familiar sight as the lions are delivered to their display locations for the start of the trail on 10th August.
We were delighted to welcome singer Stephanie McConville, who serenaded guests with songs from the Lion King musical and the fabulous lion artist Anna Kompaniets, who had children and guests of all ages queuing up to have their faces painted.
Gold Sponsors LEGOLAND Windsor Resort brought some cute LEGO cubs to join the pride and mother and daughter artists Lelia and Lyora Pissarro, descendants of the famous French impressionist Camille Pissarro, came with their freshly painted lion sculptures before Lyora flies home to New York.
ITV News featured the launch on the evening news and more photos and news features are due to appear over the next few days.
It was a roarsome event and huge thanks to everyone who made it possible.