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City council revives editor’s plan to build 80ft statue

A regional daily editor’s proposed 80-foot statue of an Anglo-Saxon warrior could become reality after a city council gave the idea its backing.

The idea for the statue in Stoke-on-Trent was first touted six years ago by Martin Tideswell, who is now editor-in-chief of the city’s daily newspaper The Sentinel.

Martin, who was then The Sentinel’s assistant editor, suggested the idea in an article after the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, was bought by the local Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

However, the £3.5m project to build the statue in a bid to boost tourist numbers visiting the city and the historic collection never got off the ground.

An artist's impression of how the statue could look

An artist’s impression of how the statue could look

But now Stoke-on-Trent City Council are resurrecting the plans, with comparisons being drawn with the Angel of the North and Blackpool Tower.

If the statue is built, council chiefs have suggested it could overlook the M6 to the west of the city, though a more central location has not been ruled out.

Said Martin: “It’s terrific to see our idea of a giant Staffordshire Saxon back on the agenda.

“Not only would such a symbol help to promote the priceless Staffordshire Hoard at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, it would also be a powerful, unmissable ambassador for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.”

A nine-foot high version of the proposed statue currently stands in the museum itself, having been created by locally-born artist Andy Edwards.

Martin added: “In Andy Edwards, Stoke-on-Trent boasts a sculptor of rare talent and vision who is deeply proud of his roots. If anyone can make this happen, Andy can.

“The Sentinel remains a proud supporter of Andy and the Staffordshire Saxon project – just as it backed the campaign to bring the Staffordshire Hoard to our city.”

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  • March 24, 2016 at 8:26 am
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    Can I quickly interject with a few of my ideas (trademarks pending); A giant ram straddling the road between Derby and Nottingham – the backside facing Derby.
    A large rainbow painted onto the road welcoming people into Brighton – reminiscent of MarioKart.
    A giant traffic warden overlooking central London.
    Two massive crab claws on the way into Cromer – moving open and shut but the mechanical parts will gradually not be maintained by the council.
    And for the truly absurd – A giant Genghis Khan statue in outer Mongolia!

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  • March 24, 2016 at 2:59 pm
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    Pity it’s going to ruin some beautiful looking landscape. Surely a slightly more urban setting would be more suitable.

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  • March 25, 2016 at 10:18 am
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    We should get positive about this. It will look amazing. Something great for this part of the world. I really hope it goes ahead.

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