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Unveiling a sculpture to recapture that Womble spirit!

A day of activities to commemorate an historic event

24 June 2022

Dons supporters are combining to unveil a lasting legacy to the Wombles – and a fun schedule of events will make it an unforgettable occasion!

The highlight of ‘Wombles Day’ on Saturday 9 July will be the big reveal of a wood-carved Wombles sculpture called the Orinoco & Womble Bench outside our stadium at Plough Lane.

There will be a serious edge to the fun event too as organisers WiSH (Wimbledon in Sporting History), with the help of Dons Local Action Group, have arranged a community litter pick and recycling initiative that could become a monthly clean-up.

Volunteers will be recapturing that famous Womble spirit as the lovable creatures apparently spent their days helping the environment by collecting rubbish on Wimbledon Common!

“Wombles Day” runs from 9am until 6 pm at the stadium and includes the following:

  • Live music and the launch of the Wombles from the Lane CD
  • Stadium Tours including access to the Greatest Story exhibition
  • ‘Meet the Wombles’ – Uncle Bulgaria, Madame Cholet and Haydon the Womble
  • Special commemorative T-shirts presented to children
  • Prizes, raffles, games and giveaways
  • Food stalls and drinks

John Lynch, Managing Director at WiSH, said: “We are delighted that members of the Beresford family are coming along to do the grand unveiling and we will be making history as it will be the first Womble installation in the country – and right here at Plough Lane.

“As well as being a fun occasion, it’s also for a great community cause with the launch of the litter-picking activity that we hope will become a regular event.”

The sculpture will be unveiled at 11 am, close to the gate three entrance at the stadium, and in keeping with the Wombles mantra of re-use and recycle it will be made from fallen and replanted Oak.

The Wombles animation, based on a novel by the late Elisabeth Beresford, gained national popularity when it was broadcast on TV during the 1970s. It was based on members of her family, represented by their alter-egos of Orinoco, Bungo, and Aldernay.

Make sure you join us for an event that you’ll remember for years to come!


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