Charlie the Covid snake becomes a permanent resident
Charlie the Covid snake, who first appeared in Bottesford Beck in June, has now been cemented in, becoming a permanent resident!
Starting from just a single painted rock, the tribute to community spirit has grown steadily over the year.
He is now a permanent resident at the linear park and a lasting reminder of how our communities can adapt and pull together through the most difficult of times.
Local resident Stacy McMahon decided to start the snake after seeing a similar project in Central Park.
Her seven-year-old son Adam put down the first painted rock.
Members of the local community helped Stacy dig the trench after she contacted North Lincolnshire Council to enquire about making the snake a permanent feature.
“We live in Bottesford and often go running, walking or cycling down the Beck,” said Stacy.
“Our seven-year-old son enjoyed looking at the snake grow, counting them and adding his joke to the plaque that is to be placed there.”
Councillor John Davison said:
“Strong and connected communities are what helped us get through lockdown and are what will help us adapt to changing times ahead.
“The snake is a welcome addition to Bottesford Beck and I want to thank Stacy, Adam and the Bottesford community for the resilience they have shown.”
A plaque is set to be placed alongside the installation.
It will read:
“This rock snake was created by our community during Lockdown 2020. It shows our support for each other when we had to be apart.
“As we looked at the growing snake whilst walking along the Beck, we knew we had the support of each other.”
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