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Norwich giant inflatable spider startles Halloween visitors

Inflatable spider outside The Forum in Norwich
Image caption The inflatable has been dangled over The Forum's entrance for Halloween

People with a fear of spiders have been spooked by a huge inflatable tarantula dangling from a city centre building.

The 6m-wide (20ft) model spider has been suspended above the entrance to The Forum, home to Norwich's main library, for Halloween.

The inflatable has attracted a string of comments on social networks, with someone posting they were too scared to walk under it.

A spokeswoman for The Forum said it had not received any complaints.

Image caption People have commented on the "creepy" shadows cast on the glass building

The spider, made by Suffolk's Airtechs Inflatables, cost £450 for Norwich City Council to hire as part of its Halloween celebrations and events.

A spokeswoman for Norwich City Council said: "We decided to hire an inflatable spider to act as a giant illustration of all the fantastic stuff we've been doing this week as part of our fun-packed Spooky City programme to mark Halloween.

"While we obviously didn't set out to cause anxiety to anyone who doesn't like spiders, we're pleased it's become such a talking point."

Image caption "Quite clearly it is a comic spider," said the Forum Trust
Image caption The goliath birdeater tarantula is arguably the biggest spider in the world, reports National Geographic

The inflatable will remain outside the building until Sunday.

Jayne Evans, from The Forum Trust, said: "It has not been an issue, it's just a bit of Halloween fun.

"Quite clearly it is a comic spider and it has been overwhelmingly popular.

"It acts as a signal to come into The Forum and have some fun as we have lots of events going on."

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