School’s carousel horse trots home

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SIXTH form students at King Edward VI school have said goodbye to their horse, Jubilee, after weeks of careful grooming.

The renovated carousel horse left the Bury St Edmunds school on Friday to return to the Pleasurewood Hills theme park in Great Yarmouth.

The park asked 30 East Anglian schools to renovate a horse each to put right the wear and tear two million riders have caused over the past 10 years.

So Jubilee arrived at King Edward in February looking much worse for wear and, since then, at team of six art students have been working on him.

Head of visual arts Kate Brown leapt at the chance of a horse. She said: “As a school we’re not often given the opportunity to work to such a commercial brief, being given clear guidelines on what could and could not be done, having to source the correct paints and doing research on traditional carousel horses.”

The students named the horse Jubilee because the school took over the Silver Jubilee School’s premises. It also wears Tudor roses which are on the school’s current emblem.

A team of judges will visit Pleasurewood Hills on April 25 to decide which school’s horse is the best.