We arrived at CAT this morning in a slightly lighter shade of grey cloud so we decided to brave Geoffery out in the open, picking a spot behind the iconic CAT windmill pump that was creaking and spinning in the breeze.
Placing him on a totem of found logs he was soon joined by passing families who were more than happy to chat away to him about why they were visiting and, in many cases, revisiting CAT this summer.
Tina, Geoffery and I met families today that were several generations strong. On many occasions the Grandparents of the different families explained to us that they had brought their children years ago and they had now brought their Grandchildren back to CAT to share in their memorable first experience. As we chatted to more and more families we began to realise just how many families have a long-standing relationship with CAT, delighting in seeing the site develop and grow over the years. Older and younger family members were only too happy to share with us, and our future audience the intricate and personal relationships they have had with the evolving CAT community over the many years they have been visiting, and in many cases how CAT continues to shape their lives.
Luke, a student, Norfolk seal warden and keen marine conservationist, expressed how his experiences at CAT have inspired him since his early visits as a child to pursue a career in conservation and how he hopes his visit today will give him plenty to talk about at his University interview soon.
Tina and I are consistently humbled by the modest enthusiasm, determination and dedication of the every day people we meet through Switching Heads. Sharing and celebrating their individual stories of hope and positivity is why we consider this project so special and important.
Holly Owen & Kristina Pulejkova