On 22 September, at a Family Fun Day, Coleshill, through the CASPER project, unveilied its fine piece of public art which sums up the town’s history in 11ft of bronze and steel. Coleshill aims to be among a big tourist attraction and now has a talking point, like the Copenhagen mermaid. A large crowd watched town mayor Cllr Tony Battle pull off the cover to reveal a circus elephant balanced on two legs on a stage coach wheel. Helping Cllr Battle with the unveiling were Peggy Childs, now in her 90s, and The Coleshill School student Charlotte Revans. The elephant, facing the medieval bridge, commemorates the circus elephant which choked on a swede and died as it passed through the town over 100 years ago. It also celebrates John Sumner’s Typoo Tea brand, blended to relieve his sister’s indigestion. The stylised shape of the elephant also repesents a teapot - the tail the handle and the trunk the spout, tipped over to pour tea. The wheel is a reference to the coaching history of the town, but also a nod to the 12 stopping points on the Green and Yellow Heritage tours which were launched at the unveiling. The next ones are on the Saturdays: 20 October, 17 November and 15 December. Booking is essential, via the Town Council number 01675 463326 (open 9-1, Monday to Friday but with an answer machine out of hours). Peggy’s late husband Frank was a child when the circus arrived in town. Charlotte won a design competition, which sculptor Peter Walker translated into the art work. The brief was to design a piece of art work to incorporate four themes: John Sumner, founder of Typhoo tea; Jack O’Watton, a famous local high-wayman; the circus elephant who died and is buried in Coleshill, and the three rivers (the Blythe, Cole and Tame). The sculpture is titled "Memories Flow By" which is a reference to the elephant, the rivers and the flow of time!