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Stagecoach Elmer artist and children’s author, Fiona Lumbers, visits Plymouth for book reading

By August 9, 2019January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, Transport

As part of the activities taking place in Plymouth this summer, in celebration of Elmer’s Big Parade, Stagecoach has organised a special book reading at Plymouth library with artist and illustrator Fiona Lumbers.

Fiona, who painted the eye catching Stagecoach sponsored Elmer, will be visiting the Plymouth library at 2.30pm on Thursday 8 August for an exclusive public reading of ‘Clem and Crab’, the book that provided inspiration for the Stagecoach Elmer design.

South West bus operator Stagecoach is the presenting partner for Elmer’s Big Parade and had the idea for Fiona to share her fantastic stories, around the themes of conservation and coastline, with children from across Plymouth and beyond.

‘Clem and Crab’ tells the story of Clem the explorer who loves to collect and protect treasures from the sea. Whilst treasure hunting Clem stumbles across Crab, whose claw is stuck in a plastic bag. What will Clem do to help Crab? Local residents, as well as visitors to the city, are invited to join Fiona on 8August to find out how the story ends. 

Managing Director of Stagecoach South West Bob Dennison said: “The themes of Clem and Crab really appeal to us, given that sustainability is a key consideration for Stagecoach, and we have received some great feedback from people regarding our Elmer. We hope that Fiona’s reading at the library will help people get to know the characters, that feature in the design, a little better.

“A big thank goes out to Fiona for so generously donating her time to visit Plymouth for the afternoon to enthrall and inspire children with her writing.”

Author and illustrator Fiona Lumbers commented: “I can’t wait to come back to Plymouth to read Clem and Crab to local children. The coastline of Devon has always been close to my heart, and for me it is important to spread the message to children that they can make a difference. The ‘Clem and Crab’ Stagecoach Elmer is also located right outside Plymouth Library so people will be able to see the Elmer at the same time.” 

40 colourful Elmer’s can be spotted across the city until 16 September, as part of Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth, and the Stagecoach Elmer is situated in front of the library. The trail, which is inspired by the much-loved children’s character of Elmer the Elephant, created by Devon born artist and author David McKee, is tipped to attract 250,000 visitors, raising vital funds for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth who provide care and support for people with a life-limiting illness and their families across Plymouth, South West Devon and South East Cornwall.

For more information on Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth, visit

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