Sculpture in pride of place

Mayor and mayoress of Wyre receive bust of queen
Mayor and mayoress of Wyre receive bust of queen

Lancashire’s mayors have been presented with a special memento of the Queen’s diamond jubilee – a sculpture created by the artist who made the Sir Tom Finney sculpture “The Splash” sited outside the Preston North End ground.

The intention is the sculptures will be displayed in town halls across the county.

Twelve were created for the county council and all Lancashire’s district councils following a commission by County Hall.

County Council leader Coun Geoff Driver presented them to the mayors and mayoresses from each district council at an event last week, hosted by the county council Chairman Coun John Shedwick.

Mayor of Wyre, Coun Don Lawrenson said: “It’s an excellent idea and a very fitting tribute to the Queen’s Jubilee.

“To turn these around in just three months is pretty good going, especially as the sculptor was only working off photographs.

“We will make sure it is placed somewhere safe in Wyre but public so that it can take pride of place for generations to come.”

The commission was carried out by renowned local artist Peter Hodgkinson, whose previous works include the of Sir 
Tom and a life-size bronze statue of LS Lowry in Sam’s Chop House in Manchester.

Peter won the commission following a competition with other North West-based sculptors.

Speaking about the commission, former Broughton High school pupil Peter said: “I was delighted to be chosen to create this sculpture in what is a most special year of Her Majesty’s reign.

“As a proud Lancastrian, it gives me immense pride to think that my portrayal of the Queen, The Duke of Lancaster, will be on view in County Hall for many years to come.”