Oldham Reindeer Parade – 12 Days of Christmas

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For Santa’s Reindeer Parade in Oldham this year I collaborated with Jacqui Symons to create a rather large Partridge In A Pear Tree or rather SPIN a pear tree in this case.

The carriage consisted of a 2.5m diameter 3m high spherical Pear Tree in welded steel (a treeogesic dome?) decorated with cutout leaves and pears and a graphic style Partridge that was spun by the action of a pedal bike on the front of the carriage. The carriage was ably performed in the parade by Dylan and T-Jay from Dove Stone Youth Rangers and rising BMX star Louis Robinson and the parade was a great success despite the damp weather (and yes there is an Alan hidden in there somewhere!).

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12 Days of Christmas Parade carriages

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I’m currently creating two parade carriages for the Oldham Santa’s Reindeer Parade that is taking place on Saturday 8th November.

In collaboration with Jacqui Symons we’re creating the lead carriage representing a Partridge in a Pear tree which consists of a treeogesic steel Pear Tree with a graphic style Partridge spinning in it’s centre and the Four Calling Birds which is based on the abirdabode project Big Art Birdbox.

The deadline for getting them finished is tight and the Pear Tree has been a real challenge structurally but I’m hoping they’ll look good and the parade will be a success.

The Parade starts at Clegg Street at about 12:45 and continues around Oldham Town Centre to finsh at the Spindles Shopping Centre at about 2pm and is free to all,

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