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Norfolk builder wows villagers with Antarctic-inspired snow sculpture ‘Larry’

PUBLISHED: 12:58 02 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:43 02 March 2018

Chris Clarke, 32, of Cawston, sculpts Larry the penguin. Pictured with daughter Mia. Picture: DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP

Chris Clarke, 32, of Cawston, sculpts Larry the penguin. Pictured with daughter Mia. Picture: DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP

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While most battened down the hatches following the arrival of the Beast from the East, one Norfolk dad decided to create his very own wild animal.

Larry the leaning penguin. Picture: CHRIS CLARKELarry the leaning penguin. Picture: CHRIS CLARKE

When Chris Clarke, 32, of Stocks Loke, Cawston, near Aylsham, woke up on Wednesday morning to a snow day, he was more excited than most.

Armed with a saw, chisel and trowel, the self-employed builder set to work on his latest project - a snow sculpture of a penguin.

Measuring at 4 foot 9 inches, the creation has been named “Larry” after Thursday’s high winds saw him begin to lean.

Mr Clarke, who lives with partner Jessica, daughter Mia, 10, and step son Tylar, 18, said: “I do something like this every time we have a bit of snow.

Chris Clarke, 32, of Cawston, sculpts Larry the penguin. This is his previous creation of a ten foot snowman with dog. Picture: CHRIS CLARKEChris Clarke, 32, of Cawston, sculpts Larry the penguin. This is his previous creation of a ten foot snowman with dog. Picture: CHRIS CLARKE

“One year I made a snowman which was more than ten foot by the time I added hair. I have also made a snow dog before and one year I even made an igloo.”

His previous builds have taken place in 2010, 2012, and 2013.

This year’s sculpture took Mr Clarke most of Wednesday to build and he enlisted the help of Mia, who decided that Larry also needed to have an egg on top of his feet.

“The kids lose interest before I do,” he joked. “By the time I made the penguin and carved it out it must have taken me most of the day but Mia made the egg.

Chris Clarke, 32, of Cawston, sculpts Larry the penguin. Snowdog built during a previous year. Picture: DONNA-LOUISE BISHOPChris Clarke, 32, of Cawston, sculpts Larry the penguin. Snowdog built during a previous year. Picture: DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP

“I do enjoy it.

“I think it’s the big kid in me. I never built a lot of snowmen as a kid so I’m making up for it now.”

Mr Clarke had feared Larry would fall down during Thursday’s high winds, which saw widespread snow drifts across the county , but he made an early start in the morning to fix him and Larry is standing solid for everyone to see - for now.

“Eventually I may have to take a spade to him, but he’s okay here for now.”

Chris Clarke, 32, of Cawston, sculpts Larry the penguin. Here Chris builds his snowman. Picture: CHRIS CLARKEChris Clarke, 32, of Cawston, sculpts Larry the penguin. Here Chris builds his snowman. Picture: CHRIS CLARKE

Next time he hoped to build a polar bear.

- Have you made a masterful creation following the heavy snowfall form the Beast from the East? Contact reporter Donna-Louise Bishop by emailing donna-louise.bishop@archant.co.uk.


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