HILDA STATUE FOR TOWN
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