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Gallagher at the Gallagher

Gallagher’s back at the Gallagher

Gallagher, one of the large elephants on Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade, is back at the home of the Stones.

He was a big hit with families during the summer and now he’s taken up permanent residence by the main entrance.

Gallagher’s return was only possible thanks to donations from Maidstone United supporters and the backing of Gallagher Group and Rockingham Reins.

The club were successful at last month’s fundraising auction for the Heart of Kent Hospice, with a bid of £4,500. That donation added to the overall total of £312,500 for the popular charity.

Stones chief executive Bill Williams said: “After a nine-week ‘loan’ during the summer, we’re delighted to have made Gallagher a permanent transfer.

“There was a huge response at last weekend’s game, with many stopping to have their photo taken with him. The Stones Community Trust hosted a primary schools’ tournament here on Monday and the teams were getting selfies – it’s a real talking point.

“Thanks again to our fans for their donations and to Kevin Neale at Rockingham Reins for his support. Special word of thanks to everyone at Gallagher Group who not only backed us at the auction but also installed this marvellous feature at our main entrance.”

Gallagher, who sports the club’s home strip of black and amber, was created by artist Michelle Carpenter. If you missed the opportunity to see him during the summer or just miss the trail itself, a permanent reminder is on display at the Gallagher Stadium for all to enjoy.