THE sun didn’t shine but that didn’t stop revellers showing up in force to celebrate Dream’s second birthday.
Organisers arranged for a teddy bear’s picnic by the iconic sculpture in Sutton Manor, which has grown into one of the region’s biggest tourist attractions since its launch in 2009.
Party-goers were joined by children’s TV favourite Little Charley Bear for a Whit Walk along the hill leading up the famous statue.
Adding to the fun was special appearances throughout the afternoon, including a brass band, a May Queen and her entourage, a choir, ex-miners and their families.
There were also performances from morris dancers plus a drama performance of The Three Bears by the Citadel Arts Centre. The event closed with a fitting poem to celebrate the award-winning structure read by ex-miner Brian Salkeld.
The towering 20 metre-high sculpture, by internationally renowned artist Jaume Plensa, is situated on the site of the former Sutton Manor Colliery in St Helens.
Dream has been awarded nine major awards since May 2009, and was the first open space to be awarded the PIQAS accreditation.
Deputy council leader Barrie Grunewald said: “The event was a fitting family celebration of this award-winning sculpture which has put St Helens on the international map.
“Dream was born from ideas from ex-miners and members of the wider local community who wanted a piece that looked to a brighter future creating an inspiring and contemplative space for future generations, not least their own grandchildren, at the top of the former colliery.”
“It is fitting that the second anniversary of Dream is a family focused event that reflects the communities close involvement with the project from day one.”
Marian White from the Shining Lights Heritage Group added: “The day is a family celebration including some of our traditions from the past.”
Dream was commissioned by local ex-miners and St Helens Council as part of Channel 4’s Big Art Project, an ambitious public art commissioning initiative supported/funded totally by Arts Council England, the national development agency for the arts, and The Art Fund, the UK’s leading independent art charity.