VIDEO: A-list actress Julie Walters visits Horsham town centre

Star actress Julie Walters has added her name to Horsham’s Elephantastic trail and said the charity spectacle would be a credit to any town.

The national treasure visited Swan Walk this afternoon (Wednesday August 19) to sign two elephants.

Julie Walters was in the elephant area in the middle of Swan Walk, Horsham. Pic Steve Robards SR1520012 SUS-150819-152247001

Julie Walters was in the elephant area in the middle of Swan Walk, Horsham. Pic Steve Robards SR1520012 SUS-150819-152247001

She told the County Times: “It is a great idea and it makes Horsham more interesting - they would make any place more interesting.

“They would be a great addition to anybody’s home, they are all works of art.”

The Educating Rita and Harry Potter star attracted a large crowd and posed for photos with fans on her visit to Horsham town centre.

She offered high praise for the ‘beautiful’ elephants, which have added colour and vibrancy to the town over the summer months.

Julie Walters was in the elephant area in the middle of Swan Walk, Horsham. Pic Steve Robards SR1519996 SUS-150819-152236001

Julie Walters was in the elephant area in the middle of Swan Walk, Horsham. Pic Steve Robards SR1519996 SUS-150819-152236001

She said: “Have I lifted up an elephant before? Probably not, but these are made of paper mâché so they are quite light!

“These will help raise money for all the worthwhile charities, so it is great to be a part of that. It is a joyous thing to do.”

Julie is patron of the Samaritans of Horsham and Crawley and signed the two elephants supporting the charity.

She added: “It is human beings being there for other human beings in their worst moments, and everybody has awful moments.

“It is absolutely wonderful these fantastic people are on the other end of the phone.”

Charity director Sue Jago said: “We are very grateful to Horsham Publications and Ritchie Phillips for each supplying an elephant for us and to Collyer’s art students for decorating them so beautifully.

“The icing on the cake is to have Julie Walters signing them in person. Needless to say we are thrilled.”

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