A HEREFORDSHIRE town centre has been overtaken by a huge swarm of puppet insects as part of a community project.

Leominster market was a hive of activity on Friday May 27 with students from Earl Mortimer College joining forces with local company The Fetch Theatre taking to the streets with their colourful puppets.

The appearance of the colourful insect puppets in Corn Square was the culmination of a project run as part of cultural programme, Leominster Roars.

Leominster Roars is a community collective of local artists, creators and performers supported by Leominster Festival and Leominster Town Council.


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Students have been working with Andrew Purvin and others from Fetch Theatre, one of the UK’s leading puppet making companies, to make their own dragonfly puppets, and had the chance to operate some of the theatre group’s largest insect puppets.

Children from across the school year groups also took part in workshops helping to create the giant lion puppet which Fetch Theatre has built.

This is having his grand unveiling at the Leominster Festival Family Fun Day taking place on the Grange in Leominster on Saturday June 4.

Earl Mortimer College principal, Alison Banner, said: "We have been so fortunate to work alongside Fetch Theatre who have offered something really different.

"Contributing to your local community is so important and I am very proud of the students who took part as well as Miss Price for her commitment to the project."