Man installs life-size dinosaur outside his Cwmbran home

A man has installed a life-size dinosaur outside his home in Cwmbran after buying it at a charity auction.

Part-time gardener, Jerry Adams, bought the 15ft tall beast – an Allosaurus – for £1,600 at an auction by the The National Showcaves Centre for Wales.

It was towed to Cwmbran on a trailer around 50 miles along the M4 from the Abercrave attraction on the outskirts of Swansea to its new home.

Since it’s arrival, people are turning up in numbers to take pictures with the dinosaur:

It arrived yesterday and people were still taking photos with it at 11pm. I just thought it was a brilliant idea to raise money for the charity. I’ve got 12 grandchildren – two with autism and one with Asperger’s – and when the dinosaur arrived they spent ages rubbing their hands over it and just feeling what it was like.

I’m not the wealthiest person but I wanted to help the charity and the main thing was getting it for the grandchildren. Lots of people go walking in the area and it’s lovely speaking to people about it as they pass by on their walk.

The children are thinking of calling it Alan the Allosaurus.



The money has been donated to diabetes charity Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Dan Owen, one of the managers at Dan-yr-Ogof, said they decided to auction the dinosaur on eBay to raise money for JDRF as the son and grandson of owner Ashford Price both have type 1 diabetes.

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He said there was ‘a lot of interest’ in the auction.

We’re delighted this story has gathered so much attention, as it has helped to raise awareness for JDRF and the incredible work they are doing to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. We hope Mr Adams, his family, and the people of Cwmbran enjoy their new attraction.


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