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Explore the Norwich Ice Sculpture Trail 2009
Mr Pastry ice sculpture

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The sparkle of ice returned to the streets of Norwich for the annual winter art trail on 20 December 2009 - the only event of its kind in the UK.

With a theme of 'Norwich at play', nine sculptures went on display at locations including City Hall and Norwich Castle.

It attracted around 30,000 people, with the wintry weather helping the sculptures retain their shape all day.

"A unique event like this helps attract people to Norwich," said Helen Selleck, events manager at Norwich City Council.

"The Ice Sculpture Trail has now established itself as one of the traditions of Christmas in Norwich and really helps to showcase our beautiful historic streets," she added.

Jimi Hendrix ice sculpture

During this year's themed event, winter revellers could spot rock royalty as Jimi Hendrix was revived in ice at Timberhill and children's TV star Mr Pastry made a festive appearance on Millennium Plain.

The late virtuoso guitarist Jimi Hendrix once played in Norwich at the city's Orford Cellar during the 1960s - a venue that also saw Eric Clapton, David Bowie and Elton John perform.

Richard Lewis Hearne, or television's Mr Pastry, also has links with Norwich being born in Lady Lane - on the spot where Millennium Plain and The Forum now stand.

Other sculptures in the 2009 trail included The Fencer, Hercules, The Skateboarder, Ballroom Dancing and The Footballer.

"This is the fifth year we have had the trail in Norwich and every year more people attend. I think it is firmly in people's calendars to come and visit it each year and we get people from all over the region," said Helen.

"It is a lovely thing for people to do on the Sunday before Christmas and really helps set the scene for the festivities to come. We are immensely proud of this event," she added.

Popular event

Organised by Norwich City Council, the ice trail has become an increasingly popular event in Norwich since it began in 2005.

See how the Norwich ice sculptures are made

The sculptures are hand-carved from 10 tonnes of ice (10,000 litres of frozen water) by London-based Hamilton Ice Sculptors, who have created pieces for a range of international events, TV advertisements and music videos.

Each design was sculpted by five professionals over three months using Japanese chisels. The completed works were then transported to Norwich at -25 degrees Celsius (-13 Fahrenheit).

"From around September onwards we start making ice sculptures for Norwich," said Jamie Hamilton of Hamilton Ice Sculptors.

"We're proud of everything we make," he added.

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