Have your say on who should feature on the new Royston statue

PUBLISHED: 12:55 13 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:06 11 May 2010

Alison Balsom could be immortalised on the new statue

Alison Balsom could be immortalised on the new statue

A STATUE is set to immortalise a famous figure from Royston s past. And now the search is on for a suitable subject for the statue, which will be constructed as part of the £3.8million Royston underpass project. Set to be attached to a bench, the sculptur

A STATUE is set to immortalise a famous figure from Royston's past.

And now the search is on for a suitable subject for the statue, which will be constructed as part of the £3.8million Royston underpass project.

Set to be attached to a bench, the sculpture is likely to be located in open space between Burns Road and Green Street, near the A10.

Councillors on North Herts District Council's Royston area committee were told that this area had been chosen because the statue would be visible to passing motorists.

Cllr Liz Beardwell said: "The right artist could make something that would really enhance the area. Let's step out of the box and do something amazing for Royston."

She suggested that the sculpture could depict ex-Royston councillor Hazel Lord, who was one of the first people to suggest building the underpass.

Cllr F John Smith, leader of the council, said: "King James I had a hunting lodge near Royston and was a frequent visitor to the area, perhaps he could be considered."

Sustainable transport charity Sustrans has allocated up to £5,000 for the project, after receiving £700,000 from the Big Lottery Fund (see page nine).

A Templar Knight was also suggested by councillors, as Royston cave is thought to have been used as a refuge by the 12th century order.

If a more contemporary figure is chosen, organisers could choose racehorse trainer Willie Stephenson, who trained Derby-winning horses such as Arctic Prince from his yard in Royston. Other worthy choices could be long-standing Crow editor Fred Sillence, or world-famous trumpeter Alison Balsom, who grew up in Royston.

Hertfordshire County Council will invite members of the public to send in their nominations in due course, with a committee taking the final decision.

Who should be the subject of the statue? Tell The Crow by writing to The Royston Crow, 3 Angel Pavement, Royston, SG8 9AS, or emailing news@royston-crow.co.uk

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