Glenrothes hippos are in the pink... and blue... and green...

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EIGHTEEN colourful hippos have taken up residence at the Kingdom Centre in Glenrothes.

The creatures made their way from primary schools throughout the Glenrothes area for a parade through the mall a week past Saturday.

It was held as part of the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the town-twinning of Glenrothes with Boblingen in Germany. I

nspired by the original Glenrothes town art concrete hippos, pupils at the primary schools involved each decorated special replica fibreglass hippos that can now be seen at various place around the mall.

Shoppers are invited to vote for their favourite hippo, with the winning school getting a fantastic prize of £500 cash - and the adoption of the hippo enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo.

A party of official delegates from Boblingen attended the unveiling, including the Mayor of Boblingen - Oberburgermeister Wolfgan Lutzner - who was presented with a very special gift for the town – their very own hippo!

The Boblingen Hippo was specially decorated by students at Adam Smith College and features 40 roses representing both 40 years of twinning and the rose garden situated in the German town.

Eight year-old Abbie Prentice from Pitteuchar East said she had enjoyed working on the project.

“ It was really good, and everyone in the school did something.

“The one going to Boblingen is really pretty.”

The hippo parade will be on display until 31 July.

Mall marketing manager, Anna Bluman, said: “Following the great success and local support for the project it is hoped that the parade will now become an annual event for the town to look forward to every year.“