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rary de­sign, and as such would fit in well with both old and new de­vel­op­ments of the town.”

The four-me­tre high white horse sculp­ture, Mr Lester ex­plained, is a ref­er­ence to Ash­ford as a mar­ket town, as live­stock was once sold there, as well as re­sem­bling the sym­bol of Kent.

The lo­co­mo­tive in­stal­la­tion would com­mem­o­rate the old rail­way works and he has re­quested the sup­port of the Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Model Rail­way Ex­cel­lence Cen­tre (AIMREC), a planned model rail­way mu­seum that has back­ing from The Who front­man Roger Dal­trey and other celebri­ties.

Fi­nally, Mr Lester has de­signed a piece of art fea­tur­ing red, white and blue Spit­fires, rep­re­sent­ing the colours of the flags of Great Bri­tain, USA and Canada, whose pi­lots all used Ash­ford’s air­fields.

The sculp­ture would be 10 to 12 me­tres tall, so it could over­look for­mer Sec­ond World War air­fields at Kingsnorth and Great Chart, and con­tain a me­mo­rial plaque to Ash­ford’s war ca­su­al­ties.

Mr Lester in­tends to make the pieces from welded steel, pos­si­bly re­claimed rail­way tracks, and would like Ash­ford busi­nesses to be in­volved in the con­struc­tion.

He has writ­ten poems to ac­com- pany the horse and rail­way de­signs, which could be in­cor­po­rated into the pieces.

He has had art­work, fea­tur­ing images of trains, Paris and cricket, dis­played at Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Sta­tion and he cre­ated two pieces ear­lier this year to mark the cen­te­nary of the start of the First World War.

Any­one who can help can email john@john­lester­

What do you think of his ideas? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@ thek­m­

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