Memorial statue to Henry Styleman Le’strange, founder of Hunstanton
The campaign to erect a larger-than-life statue of Henry Le Strange in Hunstanton is gathering pace, and the organisers are now asking for existing pledges to be turned into donations.
Led by William Searle, the chairman of the Hunstanton Chamber of Commerce, local business leaders have secured pledges of £20,000 towards the cost of the bronze statue. They hope that by raising this money locally, they can secure match-funding from other sources to meet the full cost of £40,000.
William Searle said: “Henry Le Strange’s vision shaped Hunstanton into the popular resort it is today, and local residents still have enormous respect for him. That’s why we’ve been campaigning for a long time to get this statue put up, and why so many people have made such generous pledges towards its cost. Now we’re almost ready to get started, so I’m asking everyone who has made a pledge to turn it into a donation”.
The statue will be part of the £1.3million regeneration of the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk. The regeneration project will restore and enhance The Green, Esplanade Gardens and Cliff parade area in Hunstanton, and the statue will be sited within this area.
All donations made will be used specifically for the statue, and will not be used for any other area of the Heritage Gardens project.
Cllr Alistair Beales, borough council cabinet member for Regeneration, said: “This statue is a great community initiative for everyone to get behind. The borough council is fully in support of it: it’s given £8,000 of the amount pledged so far, and I’m pleased that so many people are also showing their support. The project to regenerate Hunstanton’s Heritage Gardens is going to have a huge impact on the town, and this statue will be at the heart of that”.
An artist and sculptor will be commissioned soon to design and create the statue, once all donations have been collected
To make a donation towards the Henry Le Strange statue, please send a cheque, made payable to the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, to:
Jemma Curtis, Regeneration Programmes Manager
Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk,
Norfolk. PE30 1EX
Donations can also be made by debit or credit card by calling the borough council's dedicated payment line 01553 616201. The payment line will be open from 8:45am to 5:15pm Mondays to Thursdays, and8:45am to 4:45pm on Fridays.
It would be appreciated if any donations could be made by Friday 14th October.
Any questions about making a donation can be emailed to Jemma.Curtis@west-norfolk.gov.uk
For more information about the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens project, including details about the statue when they become available, visit www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/hunstantonheritagegardens
For further information please contact: Stephanie Lewis, Communications Assistant on 01553 616506
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