Soldier statue installed at Southend Council as tribute to First World War heroes

A STATUE of a First World War soldier has been installed inside the offices of Southend Council.

The fibreglass figure is a replica of the bronze statue unveiled at the Southend Cenotaph earlier this month.

The sculpture, created by local artist David Taylor, shows a soldier ‘in a stance of respect for the fallen’.

The bronze original was unveiled at the war memorial in Westcliff Parade on November 7.

The same mould has been used to crease a fibreglass replica, which has now been installed in the atrium of the Civic Centre in Victoria Avenue.

Paul Jenkinson, the council’s head of parks and open spaces, said: “The installation serves as a stark reminder of the sacrifice millions of men and women gave for us to live the lives we do today.

“I hope the visitors to the Cenotaph and the Civic Centre can enjoy the fantastic installations.”

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Charles Thomson

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