Trust wants bronze statue of local hero

Les Gostick alongside the river Slea, near Eastgate carpark. EMN-140310-150746001

Les Gostick alongside the river Slea, near Eastgate carpark. EMN-140310-150746001

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A well known Sleaford champion could soon be immortalised with a statue in the town centre.

Les Gostick lived and worked in Sleaford for many years and, in recognition of his enormous contribution to the town’s conservation, Sleaford and District Civic Trust want him to be commemorated.

The Les Gostick Statue Project has been set up to create a bronze sculpture of this local hero, which is being promoted by the Civic Trust and artsNK, and supported by North Kesteven District Council.

To help publicise the project, and generate support and feedback, a living statue will be in Southgate, near to Handley Monument, the preferred location for the final sculpture, between 11.30am and 2pm on Saturday. People encountering the living statue will have an opportunity to read about Les and vote YES or NO on whether they would like a sculpture of him.

Les, who was Sleaford’s postmaster for many years, helped save the River Slea and on his 90th birthday published his book Our River Slea.

The eminent sculptor Laury Dizengremel, who is presently artist-in-residence to the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, has been chosen to create the statue.