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Seafront sculpture unveiled in memory of Silloth man

The sculpture and his dog looking out into the Solway Firth. Credit: Ray Lonsdale

One man and his dog are looking upon the Silloth sunshine in a new steel sculpture built for the Cumbrian town.

Named 'Sunset', the 2.7 metre high creation is the culmination of four months work by artist Ray Lonsdale.

It depicts the man reclining on a bench, looking at the Solway Firth and shielding his eyes from the sun.

Lonsdale has made more than a dozen sculptures across the north of England, including one in Grenta Green of two hands clasping.

Peter Richardson, a Silloth resident, was so impressed by his work he requested one for the town.

Mr Richardson has since died but town mayor Mark Orchard hopes the structure will be a fitting tribute.

The sculpture getting fitted in Silloth. Credit: Ray Lonsdale

On behalf of myself and Silloth-on-Solway Town Council, we would truly like to thank the late Mr Richardson and his gracious family for leaving such a generous gift to the town of Silloth.

We are sure his family, the people of Silloth and our visitors will take enjoyment from this amazing and unique sculpture for many years to come."

– Councillor Mark Orchard, Mayor of Silloth
  • His son Paul ensured that the sculpture was finally put in place on Silloth seafront.

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