BARNSLEY Museums have secured almost £100,000 in funding to create a ‘bright’ and ‘bold’ trail of Elmer elephants.

The project will run in each of the town’s six principal towns - and residents will have the chance to decorate a larger-scale Elmer sculpture.

The finished artwork will then be displayed in prominent locations in the area between August and October.

The story of Elmer the Elephant celebrates the importance of individuality and diversity, and it’s hoped that the project will spread positive messages across the borough.

Lovers of the children’s book will also be able to visit the Cooper Gallery from July 10 until September 18 to see an exhibition.

Coun Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesperson for place, said: “Our communities are absolutely brilliant at coming together and being creative to make the places we live more vibrant and exciting.

“This project will spread joy right across the borough and encourage people to explore and get active in a fun and interesting way.

“There will be so many ways people can discover the joy of Elmer this summer including the trail, exhibitions, activities and more.”

For more information visit the Barnsley Museums website.