Dockers Statue


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The Trust provides the corporate umbrella for a statue for which a group of local people raised the fuinds over a period of years.  Now in place on the north side of the Royal Victoria Dock, adjoining the western entrance of the ExCel Exhibition Centre, the statue depicts dockers at work and thus celebrates the past of the area and many of its people.  Apart from taking "ownership" of the project the Trust also donated 25,000 towards the cost.  

The sculptor is Les Johnson.

For more information or to make a donation contact: John Johnson [Email]

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The Model

A model of the proposed statue producd early in the process by the chosen sculptor Les Johnson

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The "Blocked-in" Stage

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Clay maquettes ready for casting

Pictures taken during a visit to the artist's studio at Andover.
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Statue Installed

Pictures taken just after the installation of the Statue in March 2009.
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  Statue Installed - March 2009 The statue is mounted on a plinth
which had to be specially
constructed (see picture right)
Plinth for Statue -  March 2009  
 

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The Statue Unveiled

The statue was formally unveiled at a special ceremony held on 24th August 2009. The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Newham, Robin Wales, and his Deputy Councillor Christine Bowden. A number of Trustees were present including Richard Gooding, the the Chairman of the Trust's Executive Committee, who participated in the ceremony. Also there was Councillor Pat Holland and former seaman John Ringwood who over the years have been leading lights in securing the statue. The event was attended by many former dockers and stevedores and the statue was annointed and blessed by the Rev Canon Ann Easter of All Saints Church, West Ham. Click here to see a report in the Newham Recorder and below there are some pictures taken at the ceremony - click the thumbnails to see a larger version of each picture

 

The Royal Docks Trust (London)
Registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee: Registration No: 3032232
Registered as a charity: Registration No: 1045057
Registered office: 37 Rushey Green, Catford, London SE6 4AF
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Page Last Revised: 8 October 2009