A 16ft tall mechanical fox on a scooter is to pay a visit to Wigan town centre!
The mechanical puppet, which will be animated by two puppeteers from the inside, has been called Farrah, meaning joy in Arabic.
Historic England said that a fox was chosen as they are “known for their resilience and ability to adapt – just like our high streets have done over the years”.
The tour, called Hi! Street Fest, is part of the High Streets Heritage Action Zones programme – a £95m government-funded initiative led by Historic England.
The initiative, designed to secure lasting improvements to high streets, has restored historic buildings and given them new uses, and also has a cultural programme.
Hi! Street Fest is the largest and final commission of its cultural programme, which has additional funding from Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The fox puppet is being constructed and will be completed by early June.
It will tour seven places across England, meeting specially created host puppets at street parties and parades, and celebrating each location.
In Wigan Farrah will appear in the first day parade of the Streets Apart Festival in Wigan town centre on Saturday and Sunday July 8 and 9 and featuring live music, DJs, catwalks and live performances.
Another giant character called Frankie created by youngsters from Arts Organisation Everyday (formerly Wigan STEAM) and representative of all things Wigan.
The programme is led by The Old Courts in partnership with Wigan Council and six other borough-based organisations: