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IN mid Jan­uary, Liver­pool will un­veil a statue of Cilla Black cre­ated by two lo­cal sculp­tors in col­lab­o­ra­tion and paid for by Cilla’s sons as a gift to the city.

Along with other street level sculp­ture of the Bea­tles, Ken Dodd,the Moore’s brothers and Bessie Brad­dock this lat­est im­age of an icon will, in­di­rectly, earn the city vast sums of money.

South­port has the op­por­tu­nity to com­mem­o­rate a sim­i­lar fa­mous res­i­dent – Jean Alexan­der as Hilda Og­den.

A life-size im­age of her strid­ing on Lord Street would at­tract thou­sands of vis­i­tors hav­ing their pho­to­graphs taken along­side her and then lunch­ing nearby and shop­ping.

No sons to do­nate here but, with a ded­i­cated or­gan­iser crowd­fund­ing and, per­haps, a con­tri­bu­tion from Granada TV, it could be done.

A piece of sculp­ture that cap­tures the cul­tural essence of a pe­riod is miss­ing from our lo­cal street scene.

I’ve been priv­i­leged to have had a very small in­volve­ment in Cilla and I’ve wit­nessed the ded­i­ca­tion of the two artists in bring­ing to life a Liver­pool girl.

Jean was a Scouser but lived most of her life in South­port.

Time for some­one with in­flu­ence to take up the cause.

Af­ter all, the lo­cal au­thor­ity holds things like air shows, which bring thou­sands to the town, but they park on the beach, bring pic­nics and go home, very few get into the town to eat or shop and profit goes on tidy­ing the beach af­ter them.

I hope you feel en­thused. A Men­zies

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