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ELMER PARADE: Gallagher the elephant returns to Maidstone

Wednesday 13th October 2021

GALLAGHER the Elmer elephant is back at the home of the Stones.

Maidstone United supported the Heart of Kent Hospice’s charity campaign during the summer and the elephant sculpture has now taken up permanent residence by the main entrance of the stadium.

The club were successful at last month’s fundraising auction with a bid of £4,500. That donation added to the overall total of £312,500.

Stones chief executive Bill Williams said: “After a nine-week ‘loan’ during the summer, we’re delighted to have made Gallagher a permanent transfer.

“There was a huge response, with many stopping to have their photo taken with him.

“Special word of thanks to everyone at Gallagher Group who not only backed us at the auction but also installed this marvellous feature at our main entrance.”

Gallagher, who sports the club’s home strip of black and amber, was created by artist Michelle Carpenter.