A BRONZE bust of Her Majesty the Queen has been presented to Ribble Valley in recognition of the monarch’s Diamond Jubilee.
It is one of a series of 12 identical castings commissioned last year by Lancashire County Council as part of its activities to mark the jubilee. One will take pride of place at County Hall in Preston, while the other 11 have been presented to each of Lancashire’s district and borough councils.
They were officially presented to the Mayors of each borough at an event hosted by the Chairman of Lancashire County Council, John Shedwick. The presentations were made by the leader of Lancashire County Council, Geoff Driver.
Ribble Valley’s bust was presented to the borough’s Mayor, Coun. Ian Sayers, and his Mayoress Mrs Jean Hayes. Accepting on behalf of the borough, Coun. Sayers commented: “Ribble Valley Borough Council is delighted to receive this excellent bust of Her Majesty the Queen, which rounds off a splendid jubilee year. It will be displayed in a prominent place for all to see at the Ribble Valley Council Offices in Clitheroe.”
Delivery of the sculptures will take place over the next few weeks and it is intended that they will then go on public display at Town Halls across Lancashire.
County Councillor Driver, said: “We’re pleased that every district council within Lancashire will have a permanent sculpture to recognise The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Lancashire has traditionally had strong links with the Queen, in her role as Duke of Lancaster.
The commission was carried out by renowned local artist Peter Hodgkinson, whose previous works include the Splash statue of Sir Tom Finney at Preston North End, and a life-size bronze statue of L.S. 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, Peter said: “The sculpture aims to capture the Queen’s warmth as well as her dignity. I wanted to create a work that combined a contemporary approach with the use of traditional materials and techniques.”