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Scale model of city’s Chaucer statue unveiled

CANTERBURY TALL: The model of the statue of Geoffrey Chaucer, which will be 2.6m tall
CANTERBURY TALL:
The model of the statue of Geoffrey Chaucer, which will be 2.6m tall

PLANS for a 2.6 metre high statue of Geoffrey Chaucer in the city centre took a step forward this week, as the first scale model of the writer was unveiled. Trustees from the Canterbury Commemoration Society (CCS), commissioned the sculpture last year. It is expected to be installed in April 2016. Trustees from the CCS met at the studio of sculptor Sam Holland in Upchurch, to approve the final design for the world-renowned writer of the Canterbury Tales. The model of Chaucer was created with advice from historians, costumiers, and Sam’s husband, who acted as a clothes horse for the trustees on their visit. Sam’s interpretation depicts Chaucer representing himself as one of the pilgrims in his own work, The Canterbury Tales.

The statue will appear in Canterbury on top of a plinth, decorated with a range of famous faces from around Canterbury, portraying his pilgrims. Chaucer’s pilgrims will be depicted featuring the faces of sponsors for each character. The charity has two characters left to sponsor: the Summoner and the Pardoner. Each character would cost £5,000, and sponsorship is being sought urgently. Fundraising manager Pam Doyle said the plinth was a “fantastic” opportunity for someone to immortalise a loved one in Canterbury.

• Anyone interested in sponsoring one of these characters should contact Pam Doyle at pamdoyle9@aol.com. Further information on the project can be found at www.chaucerstatuecanterbury.org

Herne Bay Times, February 11th 2015

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