MP Ed set to launch statue to poet Ted

By Antony Clay | 23/06/2017

MP Ed set to launch statue to poet Ted
The statue of Ted Hughes, with its creator Jane Robbins.

A STATUE in tribute to Ted Hughes is to be unveiled this evening in the town where the poet spent most of his early life.

The artwork will be revealed by Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband at 5pm at Mexborough Business Centre, which is on the site of the town’s former grammar school which Hughes attended.

The statue has been created by well-known sculptor Jane Robbins and is being launched as the Ted Hughes Festival gets underway.

The artwork is one of the first parts of a new Ted Hughes trail, currently being developed around Mexborough to allow people to discover the poet’s work.

Dominic Somers, creative producer of the festival, said: “We have had fantastic local support to make this new artwork happen. We want to attract fans of literature and poetry to visit Mexborough and discover its rich heritage and encourage more people into the world of creative writing.”

The work has been supported by the Arts Council, Right Up Our Street, Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership, and Mexborough Business Centre.