A living statue for Les

A living statue to promote the Les Gostick statue project, with from left -  Visual Art Development Co-ordinator for Arts NK Marion Sander and chairman of Sleaford and District Civic Trust, Eddie Double. Photo: 4807mf. EMN-141014-095043001
A living statue to promote the Les Gostick statue project, with from left - Visual Art Development Co-ordinator for Arts NK Marion Sander and chairman of Sleaford and District Civic Trust, Eddie Double. Photo: 4807mf. EMN-141014-095043001

A living statue came to Sleaford on Saturday to promote the Les Gostick Statue Project, being run by Sleaford and District Civic Trust and artsNK. The aim of the project is to create a life-size, life-like bronze sculpture of a character from Sleaford’s recent past, Les Gostick. The sculpture will be sited at street level and Laury Dizengremel has been chosen to create the sculpture.

The living statue, dressed like Les, was sited in Southgate, beside the Handley Monument - the preferred location for the sculpture, pictured with Marion Sander of ArtsNK and Sleaford and District Civic Trust chairman Eddie Double. The public could read about Mr Gostick and vote on whether they would like a sculpture of him.

Mr Gostick was a local hero who helped save the River Slea from drying up for good. He lived for 67 years in Jermyn Street, Sleaford, with his family, was the postmaster for many years, worked on the Sleaford Oral History Project, was Warden of Rauceby Warren Nature Reserve, member of Sleaford Museum Trust and published several local books right up to when he died aged 95.