New home needed for Bognor mascot

Billy with the team who helped revive him, L-R Paul Wells, the mayor, Darrell Hardy, caretaker of the model and painter, Greg Burt, secretary of Bognor Regis seafront lights, Jim Price, the son of the original designer, and Tim Hoad, who instigated the campaign. Picture by Kate Shemilt
Billy with the team who helped revive him, L-R Paul Wells, the mayor, Darrell Hardy, caretaker of the model and painter, Greg Burt, secretary of Bognor Regis seafront lights, Jim Price, the son of the original designer, and Tim Hoad, who instigated the campaign. Picture by Kate Shemilt

Bognor Regis Town Council is seeking a new home for mascot Billy Bulb.

A regular fixture at local events, including the Christmas Lights switch-on, Illuminations Gala and the Town Carnival, Billy Bulb was devised and built more than 35 years ago.

Constructed of fibreglass, Billy sits on a trailer which allows him to take part in parades as well as static events.

The Town Council have recently taken ownership of Bill who has been restored over the past year to his former glory.

While the mascot is currently stored by a local company, a new home is needed and the council are appealing to anyone who can help.

The size, including the trailer, Billy measures eight feet wide, 12 feet long - including draw bar - and 11.5 feet high.

Storage needs to be secure, with access for Town Council personnel when the mascot is needed for an event.

Anyone who can assist, or would like more information, is asked to contact Mrs Sarah Norman on 01243 825535 or by emailing sarahnorman@bognorregis.gov.uk.