Meet Rusty, the crab of Wells!

The array of boats, the crowds of visitors enjoying a bag of chips and the flocks of seagulls have all become common sights on Wells Quay.But what about a 10ft wide rust coloured crab on the marshes at the edge of the coastal town's waterfront?!People may have thought they had enjoyed one too many holiday weekend beverages as they glanced across and saw the steel creation close to the Quay.

The array of boats, the crowds of visitors enjoying a bag of chips and the flocks of seagulls have all become common sights on Wells Quay.

But what about a 10ft wide rust coloured crab on the marshes at the edge of the coastal town's waterfront?!

People may have thought they had enjoyed one too many holiday weekend beverages as they glanced across and saw the steel creation close to the Quay.

The new arrival - which certainly got the crowds talking - is the handiwork of fine art degree student Jennifer Forrester, 52, who has anchored it to the marshes as part of her coursework.


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“Yes, there was quite a reaction!” joked Mrs Forrester, of Syderstone. “Children were saying 'what is that big crab doing over there?!'”

The sculpture has been built out of an old steel water bowser and she took it in parts on a trailer to Wells and then put it her boat and erected it on Sunday on the marshes.

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Mrs Forrester is doing a BA degree through Anglia Ruskin College in Cambridge and her study centre is the College of West Anglia in King's Lynn.

She only took art up about 10 years ago and decided to do the degree as she “wanted to pursue art a bit further.”

Her aim is to have her own studio and possibly teach others.

Mrs Forrester has picked Wells for her research, especially the interaction between tourism and the local community.

There is a noticeboard on the Quay with information about the way she has made it and the crab will be used during this year's carnival week to help raise funds for the lifeboat.

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