....that precious booty, the rounds and the rings they had reft erewhile, hardy heroes, from hoard in cave - trusting the ground with treasure of earls, gold in the earth, where ever it lies: Beowulf extract and translation from final chapter XLIII

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

ITV Report 23 March 2016

Could this be the 'Anglo of the North'? Support growing for giant 114ft statue above M6 near Stoke-on-Trent

An impression of what the Warrior would look like if built in Staffordshire

An impression of what the Warrior would look like if built in Staffordshire Credit: Copyright Andy Edwards

Support is growing for a 114 foot high statue which would overlook the M6 at Stoke-on-Trent.

The statue of a Saxon Warrior would pay tribute to the Staffordshire Hoard which was found in a field near Lichfield in 2009.

The City Council says the statue would "put the city on the map" potentially boosting tourism and the local economy. Almost half the £3.5million needed has already been raised.
A local sculptor, who is famous for being the artist behind The Beatles on the Waterfront in Liverpool, said the benefits of the Warrior would be great.
The Angel of the North is one of the most viewed pieces of art in the world attracting millions of views a year. It’s estimated it attracts £4million of income to Gateshead every year.
Authorities in Liverpool estimate the Beatles statue attracts £8million of business to the city each year.
But as well as attracting business and publicity, our own Saxon Warrior situated near the motorway would be a signpost to our city, to learning resources and leisure attractions.
The fact that he has waited over 1,000 years to give up the secrets of the Hoard and tell his story is symbolic of our city’s patience to wait for it to be our time.

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