A talented local artist and school children from Hitchin have brought The Snowman to life for a Christmas walking trail in the town. 

Sarah Graham, with the help of Year 6 students from her former school, Oughton Primary and Nursery School, designed the 10th sculpture for the Walking with The Snowman trail, inspired by Raymond Briggs’ classic picture book. 

The trail, sponsored by local house builder Cala Homes, will run from November 19 to January 20, and features 12 Snowman sculptures across Hitchin. 

The majority can be found in the town centre, with other sculptures in Bancroft and outside the railway station. 

“We’re so pleased to finally see Walking with The Snowman really come to life around Hitchin,” said Glenn Copper, sales & marketing director at Cala Homes. 

“The Snowman sculptures have made the town feel so festive and are a real example of the community spirit in the area, which we are proud to be part of at Cala. 

“We hope the 10th Snowman is really popular. It’s a tribute to the talent of Sarah Graham and the pupils of Oughton Primary & Nursery School.” 

Sarah hopes working with the children at Oughton will inspire them to pursue art, saying: “Working with the children of my old primary school was so much fun, and their designs were so creative.  

“Painting has been my passion since I was around their age, so I’m grateful Cala gave me this opportunity to hopefully pass some of that passion on to the next generation.” 

Councillor Keith Hoskins, North Herts Council’s executive member for enterprise and arts, added: “The Snowman is loved by generations of children, and this trail in Hitchin offers a wonderful way to bring families together, with children who love the book, and the film, taking part with parents and carers who loved The Snowman as kids. 

“We’re thrilled that one of our local artists and children from a local Hitchin school have been involved, and we would encourage everyone to come along – we’ll be snow happy to see you.” 

To find out more about Walking with The Snowman, visit www.cala.co.uk/snowman-trail-hitchin-2022