Crowds welcome new statue to Dorchester

Dorset Echo: Crowds welcome new statue to Dorchester Crowds welcome new statue to Dorchester

CROWDS turned out in Dorchester today to welcome the arrival of a new statue.

A giant bronze statue weighing in at one-and-a-half tonnes was carried through the county town before being installed at Dray Horse Yard in Brewery Square.

The 12-foot sculpture was paraded through South Street before heading up to the development and being lowered into place in Dray Horse Yard.

People lined the streets as it made its journey on a 1920s horse drawn dray with musical accompaniment.

The procession was led by Mayor of Dorchester Stella Jones with husband Trevor and grandchildren Ellis, Lily and Eve.

Cllr Jones said: “It’s absolutely wonderful to see so many people coming to see it, it’s an amazing statue to have in Dorchester.

“It’s brilliant, it’s just another boost for the town.”

Before the horse was lifted into position at the former brewery site town crier Alistair Chisholm performed a specially written cry for the occasion.

He said afterwards that he was delighted to see another fantastic piece of public artwork being added to the town.

Mr Chisholm said: “It’s a wonderful occasion and even more fine public art for Dorchester.

“When you add all that we’ve got together it’s about time we developed an art trail around the town.

“We’ve got some extraordinary pieces to which this is simply the latest addition.”

He added that it was good to see a new town centre development respecting the history and heritage of the town.

Mr Chisholm said: “Here we have a very modern development and the old dray horse is a very important part of it.”

Andrew Wadsworth, director of Waterhouse which is developing Brewery Square in partnership with Resolution Property, said he was thrilled to see so many people in the town turning out for the arrival of the statue.

He said: “It’s amazing, it’s such a great turnout which is a real testament to the community spirit of Dorchester and we are delighted to be part of galvanising that.”

Sculptor Shirley Pace, 81, came out of retirement to spend six weeks working on the horse and it was then cast at a foundry in Wales.

Shirley, who lives near Chichester in West Sussex, was in Dorchester to see the statue installed.

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2:27pm Sat 19 Apr 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Nice to see something that IMHO is real art instead of the senseless Rox on Stix type of so-called art.
Nice to see something that IMHO is real art instead of the senseless Rox on Stix type of so-called art. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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3:14pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Fred Kite says...

Meanwhile West Dorset District Council will have a pantomime horse at the Charles Street development.
Meanwhile West Dorset District Council will have a pantomime horse at the Charles Street development. Fred Kite
  • Score: 3

3:55pm Sat 19 Apr 14

GrumpyGoat says...

Fred Kite wrote:
Meanwhile West Dorset District Council will have a pantomime horse at the Charles Street development.
Now that is funny but so true
[quote][p][bold]Fred Kite[/bold] wrote: Meanwhile West Dorset District Council will have a pantomime horse at the Charles Street development.[/p][/quote]Now that is funny but so true GrumpyGoat
  • Score: 2

5:51pm Sat 19 Apr 14

oldbrock says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
Nice to see something that IMHO is real art instead of the senseless Rox on Stix type of so-called art.
totally agree, why could not WEYMOUTH have had a pair of bronze horses in the square near the old DEVENISH BREWERY building or bearing in mind the person/persons who chose the ROCKS on STIX, a Unicorn outside the council offices with a body rolled up in a bronze carpet across its back a la WESTERNS with a toe tag on the dead human form inscribed , "COMMONSENSE"
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: Nice to see something that IMHO is real art instead of the senseless Rox on Stix type of so-called art.[/p][/quote]totally agree, why could not WEYMOUTH have had a pair of bronze horses in the square near the old DEVENISH BREWERY building or bearing in mind the person/persons who chose the ROCKS on STIX, a Unicorn outside the council offices with a body rolled up in a bronze carpet across its back a la WESTERNS with a toe tag on the dead human form inscribed , "COMMONSENSE" oldbrock
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9:26pm Sat 19 Apr 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Nice to see some real art as opposed to that tat like the Rox on Stix
Nice to see some real art as opposed to that tat like the Rox on Stix IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 2

11:03pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Parkstreetshufle says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
Nice to see some real art as opposed to that tat like the Rox on Stix
'Real art'? I think the main problem with rocks on stix is that it's blending with the background. A bronze horse in Dorchester will do exactly the same thing. What we need is a statement not a space filler.
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: Nice to see some real art as opposed to that tat like the Rox on Stix[/p][/quote]'Real art'? I think the main problem with rocks on stix is that it's blending with the background. A bronze horse in Dorchester will do exactly the same thing. What we need is a statement not a space filler. Parkstreetshufle
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1:19pm Sun 20 Apr 14

CoogarUK.com says...

Fred Kite wrote:
Meanwhile West Dorset District Council will have a pantomime horse at the Charles Street development.
They'll be lucky if they can even manage that.
[quote][p][bold]Fred Kite[/bold] wrote: Meanwhile West Dorset District Council will have a pantomime horse at the Charles Street development.[/p][/quote]They'll be lucky if they can even manage that. CoogarUK.com
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1:21pm Sun 20 Apr 14

CoogarUK.com says...

Unfortunately we missed all the pageantry but did manage to pay a visit later in the day. He looks splendid!
Unfortunately we missed all the pageantry but did manage to pay a visit later in the day. He looks splendid! CoogarUK.com
  • Score: 3

3:57pm Sun 20 Apr 14

JackJohnson says...

Fred Kite wrote:
Meanwhile West Dorset District Council will have a pantomime horse at the Charles Street development.
Which Councillor will be elevated to the position of horse's *rse. There are a lot of candidates for the job.
[quote][p][bold]Fred Kite[/bold] wrote: Meanwhile West Dorset District Council will have a pantomime horse at the Charles Street development.[/p][/quote]Which Councillor will be elevated to the position of horse's *rse. There are a lot of candidates for the job. JackJohnson
  • Score: 1

1:15am Tue 22 Apr 14

Mr Maloney says...

Who is paying for this statue no the poor tax payer again I hope
Who is paying for this statue no the poor tax payer again I hope Mr Maloney
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1:15am Tue 22 Apr 14

Mr Maloney says...

Who is paying for this statue no the poor tax payer again I hope
Who is paying for this statue no the poor tax payer again I hope Mr Maloney
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