On Thursday 19th November, two board members represented the Trust at a businesses launch event, held to raise awareness of the Chris Turner Memorial Statue project. The event was held at London Road with supporters groups and the club itself well represented. Also in attendance was the proposed sculptor for the project, Sean Hedges-Quinn (an Ipswich Town fan).
The event commenced with a thorough description of the background to the project from a representative of the Chris Turner Memorial Statute Committee and included a 12 minute film presentation on Chris’s life. Proposals of where to position the statue were discussed. Sean then gave a fascinating insight to the the process of designing and building a statute, in particular how most examples of his work are based on multiple images that he ‘blends’ to create a final figure that captures the essence of the person. In the case of the proposal for Chris’s statute, this will likely include his classic Wembley smile and his ‘thumbs-up’ pose to the London Road end. Sean explained how many of his football statutes have become focal meeting points for fans, whilst becoming attractions to be visited by opposition supporters. He also stated that a football statue has never been vandalised in England, so this shouldn’t be a concern to donators. He also talked briefly about his other work, which has included a range of films and TV such as Harry Potter, James Bond and Thomas the Tank Engine, along with non-football statues, such as the rather brilliant one of Arthur Lowe as ‘Captain Mainwaring’ in Thetford. His website is well worth a look, in particular the football statues, here: http://www.seanhedgesquinn.co.uk/
Following a break, Bob Syms, Chief Executive of our beloved club, gave a short speech urging local businesses to view this is an opportunity to include fundraising for the statue during their discussions with staff and business contacts – to help provide a community focal point at London Road and a fitting tribute to ‘Son of God’.
The Board of the Posh Supporters Trust fully supports the efforts of the Chris Turner Memorial Committee.
If you would like to see the latest news on the project and find out more, including how to donate, please click here: http://www.thechristurnerstatue.co.uk/