An imposing 9ft 5ins, 1.2 ton metal sculpture of a war-weary Tommy has been installed on Seaham seafront in County Durham to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.
Its creator, Ray Lonsdale, entitled the piece ‘1101’ to reflect the mood moments after the Armistice was declared at 11am on 11 November 1918. The piece also represents the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which many of the returning soldiers endured.
The sculpture has had an amazing reaction from locals and visitors to Seaham, but unfortunately its presence on the seafront is only temporary; it will be removed after 3 months as the town council wants to ensure that no costs associated with the project fall on the taxpayer.
Source: Sunderland Echo
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