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Diss giant spider gets a name from dozens of suggestions

PUBLISHED: 16:32 06 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:32 06 July 2019

Youngsters at the event to name the giant spider on Fair Green in Diss. Picture: Simon Parkin

Youngsters at the event to name the giant spider on Fair Green in Diss. Picture: Simon Parkin

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It could have been called Spike, Harry, Bob Fluffy or Spiderella, but in the end families at special creepy crawly event to name a new gaint spider in Diss gave him two.

Diss Mayor Sonia Browne adds her name suggestion for the giant spider at Fair Green. Picture: Simon ParkinDiss Mayor Sonia Browne adds her name suggestion for the giant spider at Fair Green. Picture: Simon Parkin

After the Family and Spider Day on Saturday could not decide between the final two suggestions, they decided to christen the sculpture lurking in the undergrowth at Fair Green for children to climb on Webster Aranha, the later the Portugese word for spider.

The giant spider and play area upgrade has been funded through section 106 developer contributions from the Longmeadow development in Diss and Roydon. Local artist Andy Harland, working at Hearts of Oak artists cooperative at Coney Weston, near Garboldisham, was commissioned to create it.

Youngsters at the event to name the giant spider at Fair Green in Diss get bug buns as a thank you for their ideas. Picture: Simon ParkinYoungsters at the event to name the giant spider at Fair Green in Diss get bug buns as a thank you for their ideas. Picture: Simon Parkin

The event also included lots of suitably spidery activities including a creepy-crawly workshop from Banham Zoo, spider stories, face painting and a chance to meet the artists.

Gary Alexander, deputy chair of the neighbourhood association, said: "We got lots of fantastic suggestions for the name. It was great to see so many people."

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