Christmas travel advice: With the Christmas getaway just around the corner, we would like to remind passengers of certain items that are subject to restrictions, including Christmas Crackers. Please double check your airline's luggage policy before you fly. Read More

Skip to Content
Toggle Navigation

A famous Rhino sculpture that has spent the past 7 years at Liverpool John Lennon Airport has today been unveiled at its new home in Lache, on the outskirts of Chester.

The Airport Rhino, originally called ‘Tino’, had previously formed part of Chester’s famous ‘Rhino Mania’ public art event in 2010, which was a trail of some 62 beautifully decorated rhino sculptures that went on display in the city and surrounding areas, which included Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

 

The Airport needed to move the sculpture as part of recent development works and chose to donate it to a local community. With the Rhino having originated from Chester, the Airport approached Cheshire West and Chester Council to see if they could find a new home for the sculpture.

Knowing that the Community in Lache were keen to have one of the Rhino sculptures for their local community to enjoy, the Council worked with the Airport to bring it back to Chester. With the kind assistance of leading construction and civil engineering contractor Cambrianway Limited, who have worked for the Airport on various construction contracts, the Rhino was recently delivered to its new home at Lache Community Centre.

Two local schools, Lache Primary and St Clare’s Catholic Primary School have subsequently organised a competition for pupils to suggest a new name for their Rhino. The Rhino was originally the work of Cheshire artist Mike Kilkelly and depicts a tiger’s coat on a rhino’s body.

Robin Tudor, Head of PR for Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented, “The Rhino sculpture has been very much part of the Airport for the past seven years but recent developments meant it could no longer remain in place and we thought it would be nice to see if we could find a more permanent home for it closer to Chester.

We were naturally delighted to hear that the community in Lache were keen to have their own Rhino Mania sculpture and that we were able to help out and donate this to them for the local community to enjoy.”

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cheshire West and Chester Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing said:  “Thanks to Liverpool Airport for donating the Rhino, he has gone to a good new home and can now be enjoyed by everyone in Lache. Rhino Mania was enjoyed by thousands of people so to have one of the Rhinos back in Chester is great news and I’m sure he’ll attract a lot of interest.”

 

 

Photo Caption:

(Back row, centre) LJLA’s Robin Tudor with Janet Walters, Chester Locality Officer for Cheshire West and Chester Council and schoolchildren from Lache Primary and St Clare’s Catholic Primary School with the famous Rhino Sculpture.

 

Related stories

Varna

Wizz Air bring LJLA early Christmas present with news of another new route

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe have today announced another new route from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA), with flights to commence next Summer to the Bulgarian Black Sea resort of Varna.

LJLA terminal

Government urged to prioritise infrastructure spending to grow and rebalance the economy

The Government should champion investment in regional infrastructure to support economic growth and help eradicate the north-south divide, according to a new report published today.

LJLA Terminal Building with Plane

LJLA sees 5% passenger rise in October

Passenger numbers at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) continue to grow at the start of the winter season, with a rise of 5% in October compared to October 2017, with many passengers and families taking advantage of the choice of flights to some great overseas destinations during the school half term.