The Mayor of Ilfracombe has spoken out after hearing constant criticism that the Verity statue in the town endorses teenage pregnancy.
A controversial statue by Damien Hirst is on the verge of being hoisted into position in Ilfracombe
The people of Ilfracombe are now the custodians of a giant Damien Hirst sculpture
One of the world's most famous living artists has opened his new gallery in Ilfracombe. Damien Hirst already has a restaurant there and a huge seafront sculpture. Hirst lives near Ilfracombe - so is he about to have the same impact on North Devon as TV chef Rick Stein has had on Padstow?
He's already got Verity in Ilfracombe and it now looks like Damien Hirst could be opening his own gallery in the town. It's been revealed that the artist has bought two adjacent properties in his childhood home. The purchases were revealed at a town council meeting.
Three months after she was craned into position, Damien Hirst's controversial 'Verity' statue should be open to the public in Ilfracombe later this week. Work to complete the base of the sculpture, including the laying of 30,000 slate tiles had been delayed due to the bad weather.
Shots of Hirst's 'Verity' being moved into position
Our Devon correspondent Seth Conway is following the operation to put the 22 metre statue by Damian Hirst in place on Ilfracombe Pier. He's sent this report from the site.