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Artist salutes bomb horse Sefton

A life-size bronze statue will be unveiled next year of a horse who became a symbol of the struggle against the IRA after surviving the deadly 1982 Hyde Park bomb atrocity.

Sussex artist creating statue for Sefton

Sefton Credit: PA

A life-size bronze statue will be unveiled next year of a horse who became a symbol of the struggle against the IRA after surviving the deadly 1982 Hyde Park bomb atrocity.

The sculpture of Sefton, who survived the blast which left seven of his stablemates and four soldiers dead, was commissioned by the Royal Veterinary College.

The college's artist in residence, Camilla Le May, was tasked with sculpting the black gelding two years ago and has spent six months creating the three quarters of a ton sculpture, which shows him walking briskly.

Ms Le May, 39, from Wadhurst, East Sussex, said: "I had never done a life-size horse before so the opportunity for me was awesome.

"It was quite a challenge and actually quite nerve-racking, but the response has been overwhelming. It's not the same as sculpting a famous racehorse because there is so much sadness behind it.

"All the time I spent on it I got quite attached and I feel closer to the story now."

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