Owen’s legacy marked in bronze bust

The Scarborough News - - NEWS -

A bust in hon­our of one of the great­est po­ets to emerge from the First World War has been un­veiled at Scar­bor­ough Art Gallery, where it is on pub­lic dis­play. The care­ful­ly­crafted sculp­ture de­picts Wil­fred Owen and was un­veiled on Satur­day, with a read­ing of three of Owen’s po­ems writ­ten dur­ing his re­cu­per­a­tion at what is now the Clifton Ho­tel. The bust, made by award-win­ning An­thony Pad­gett, was of­fered to Scar­bor­ough by the ac­com­plished artist via the Civic So­ci­ety and lo­cal branch of the Wil­fred Owen As­so­ci­a­tion and was ac­cepted by Scar­bor­ough Mu­se­ums Trust.

He told an au­di­ence of 50 about the role of the Sitwells in help­ing to pro­mote Owen’s work – which had not been pub­lished prior to his death in 1918, just a week be­fore the war’s end.

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