Acclaimed 'fighting stags' artwork to be installed outside Blackburn Hospital (From Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
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Acclaimed 'fighting stags' artwork to be installed outside Blackburn Hospital
WORK to install a sculpture of two fighting stags on the roundabout outside Royal Blackburn Hospital could be under way in three weeks.
Plans for the public artwork, in Haslingden Road, have been approved by Blackburn with Darwen Council planning committee.
The steel stags were created by Chorley artist John Everiss for the Tatton Park RHS Flower Show, and featured on television during BBC coverage of the Cheshire event.
Mr Everiss approached Nick Riley, director of charity Groundwork Pennine Lancashire, in a bid to secure funding for the project, and Blackburn businessman Stuart Howarth agreed to pay for it to be built, provided it could then be installed in the town.
Now, Mr Riley said work to bring the stags to Blackburn was imminent.
He said: “We now have to work with the highways department to organise traffic measures while the work is being carried out.
“We have already met with Capita, and it will probably be about three weeks before work begins.
“The effect on traffic will be minimal, although traffic leaving the hospital will be unable to turn right towards Blackburn.
“But that only means it has to head up to the next roundabout and come back.”
The council’s executive member for regeneration, Coun Maureen Bateson, said: “I am glad to see that John’s design will be taking pride of place at this key gateway into the town centre.
“Stuart is a true embodiment of the council’s Your Call campaign, which has seen lots of residents getting involved and working to improve areas important to them in the borough.
“I look forward to seeing this sculpture welcoming visitors from throughout the area to our town.”
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