The Kings Head hotel in Cirencester was delighted to introduce ‘Charles’, the latest addition to Cirencester’s Hare Festival on Friday. The hotly anticipated luxury hotel, which opens later this summer, enlisted actress and Cotswold resident, Emma Samms, to design the hare. Emma celebrated Charles’ arrival with a ‘Meet The Artist’ in The Corn Hall.
General Manager Stephen Mannock, from the Kings Head, said: “We are thrilled to finally see the result of Emma’s hard work. Emma has done such a fantastic job and his bold and vivid appearance will certainly make a striking addition to the hotel reception. Charles certainly stands out and we are really looking forward to welcoming him as the hotel’s first guest!”
As one of the trails ‘Red Hare Days’, members of the public were invited to meet Emma Samms in The Corn Hall, where she talked about her inspirations behind Charles’ striking appearance.
Emma said: “I’m really going to miss Charles, but I am delighted to now be able to share him with Cirencester. He took two months to create and over 60 hours of work – many of which were spent in obscure yoga positions reaching the trickier areas of his underside. Since the festival’s launch, there hasn’t been a time when I have passed through Cirencester and not seen the hares being embraced by children. It will be so lovely to finally see Charles alongside the others.”
Emma Samms is best known for her role in the 80s prime time soap opera, Dynasty. When discussing Charles’ creation, Emma talked of the struggle to find the material for Charles’ pink whiskers. She said: “I searched high and low to find pink bristles for his whiskers and eventually came across a dustpan brush right here in Cirencester. I guess you could say Charles is Cirencester born and bred!”
Prior to the Kings Head launch, Charles can be seen in The Corn Hall. Once the hotel opens its doors, Charles will welcome guests into the hotel reception.
Closed for redevelopment in 2007 and operated by The Vineyard Group, The Kings Head is due to open to the public this summer. Named by The Times as one of the ‘Best New Hotels for 2014’, the landmark building has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment. The Cotswold community eagerly await its opening. The hotel is set to open later this summer.
Cirencester’s March Hare Festival sees 40 5ft fantasy hares and over 30 life-sized hares ‘hopping’ up around Cirencester from 29 March 2014. Forming a sculpture trail around the town, the hares will remain insitu until 14 September 2014. They will then be put on public displayed together in The Assembly Rooms from 28 September until they are later sold at auction on 4 October. The auction is to be held at Rendcomb College, with all proceeds going to Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.