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  The popular Hare and the Minotaur bronze sculpture in Cheltenham city centre by Sophie Ryder of Cirencester - completed in 1995 and went on display in 1997. It was originally displayed as a temporary exhibition. When the general public
learnt that it was to be removed they raised £50,000 to make it a permanent fixture in the town centre.
The real Alice in Wonderland
The story of a girl who falls down a hole and finds herself in a magical world is believed to be based on Alice Liddell, a girl who often visited her grandparents at their Charlton Kings (a suburb of Cheltenham) home.
Her grandfather Dr Henry Liddell was Dean of Christ Church College in Oxford where he became a friend of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson – better known under his pen name Lewis Carroll. The author was a maths teacher at Oxford University Christ Church College and took Alice and her two sisters on a boat trip.
To keep them amused he told a story about Alice and a white rabbit, later published as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865.
The Liddell’s lived in Hetton Lawn, Cudnall Street, Charlton Kings. The original mirror, or looking glass, is still there. Lewis Carroll was a regular visitor to the home, where Alice’s grandparents lived. There are at least three links between Alice Liddell and the protagonist in Lewis Carroll’s books.
Carroll set the story on May 4, Alice Liddell’s birthday and in Through the Looking-Glass the fictional Alice declares that her age is “seven-and-a-half exactly“, the same as Liddell on that date.
Carroll dedicated the book to Alice Pleasance Liddell. The poem at the end of Through the Looking-Glass, when read downward, spells out Alice Liddell’s full name.
  Kit Williams
(of the 'golden hare' treasure hunt fame)
In 1985, Kit Williams designed the Wishing Fish Clock, a centrepiece of the Regent Arcade shopping centre in Cheltenham.
Over 45 feet tall, the clock features a duck
that lays a never-ending stream of golden
eggs and includes a family of mice that are
continually trying to evade a snake sitting on
top of the clock. Hanging from the base of
the clock is a large wooden fish that blows
bubbles every half-hour. Catching one of
these bubbles entitles you to make a wish, hence the name of the clock.
Kit Williams is also responsible for designing the Dragonfly Puzzle Maze at Bourton-on-the-Water.
  Sean Conway
Extreme endurance adventurer Sean Conway lives in Cheltenham and is the first and only man in history to swim the length of Britain in 2013 from Land’s End to John O’Groats across 900 miles. He has previously cycled the length of Britain (1300 miles) and plans to finish his Great British Triathlon in 2014
when he will run the
length of Britain.

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