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1st March 2022

Hull Maritime, a £30.3m project, funded by Hull City Council and the National Lottery Fund, to transform Hull’s maritime treasures has signed up as a sponsor of the Puffins Galore!, a public art project to promote East Yorkshire and raise money for charity.

The Puffins Galore! project will be placing 1.5m tall artist-decorated sculptures of puffins in locations from Flamborough to Spurn Point to attract visitors to raise the profile of Hull and the local coastline, as well as encouraging them to spend time tracking down Puffins around larger resorts. Puffins Galore! has been modelled on Yorkshire Coast BID and East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s A Moth for Amy and Larkin with Toads public art projects.

Gillian Osgerby, Hull City Council’s Project Director, said: “This public art installation is a real opportunity to showcase our wonderful East Yorkshire coast and Humber Estuary area as well as learning more about puffins.

“These decorated sculptures will stand in the footsteps of the hugely successful ‘Larkin with Toads’ and ‘A Moth for Amy’, creating a trail with 40 puffins for people to discover and enjoy this summer.”

At the end of Puffins Galore! the sculptures will be sold, either to sponsors or at a grand charity auction. All proceeds from the sales will be donated to four charities which have been selected for their role in the protection of the wildlife of the seas and coasts, or for their essential work saving lives at sea – Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Hornsea Inshore Rescue.

Puffins Galore! will launch in July and will run until October and be promoted as a major attraction throughout the region.