8th Dec, 2016

Townsfolk invited to Shakespeare statue unveiling

Stratford Editorial 18th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TOWNSFOLK are being invited to the unveiling of a special Shakespeare statue.

The life-sized bronze statue – depicting the Bard as a young man on a bench – has been given to Stratford District Council by designer Lawrence Holofcener.

He had originally planned to loan the statue to the authority but after he revised his offer to a gift, it will now be installed on Bancroft Gardens opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Mr Holofcener will travel from his home in America to present the statue at 2pm on Tuesday (February 23), which coincides with his 90th birthday.

Council chiefs hope the statue will appeal to the current craze for taking selfie photographs as well as emphasising their  support of the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations in a year the world will celebrate the legacy of the town’s famous son.

Stratford District Council chairman, Mike Gittus said: “We are thrilled with the sculpture and we are sure it will be enjoyed by young and old for many years to come.

“The unveiling is an excellent way to start the celebrations bearing in mind the 400 year legacy and we would like to welcome everyone to join us for the presentation.”