Glenrothes hippo parade gets a sporty theme

Organisers say this year's hippo parade is set to be the biggest yet
Organisers say this year's hippo parade is set to be the biggest yet

Youngsters from across the Glenrothes area are poised with paintbrushes in anticipation of this year’s Kingdom Centre hippo parade.

It’s the parade’s fourth year and organisers say this time round it’s set to be the biggest yet with 15 nurseries and 16 primary schools already signed up to decorate their own hippo.

The fibreglass animals have been cleaned and restored from the previous year and are ready to be decorated by the children on the theme of ‘sport’.

With Scotland the main stage for the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup, a sport theme was seen as perfect for allowing the children to express what sport means to them.

Lindsey Methven, from Kingdom Shopping Centre, said: “This year the selected charity is Disability Sport Fife and, with them having their headquarters based at the Michael Woods Sports Centre, it was seen as a fitting recipient in such sporting year.”

Youngsters now have until mid June to complete their designs before the hippos are unveiled to the public in a special presentation within the Kingdom Shoppping Centre.

The popular school arts project has received national recognition in recent years having already been awarded a Purple Apple award for marketing in 2012 and a Green Apple environmental award 2013 from the British Council for Shopping Centres (BCSC).