Towering statue of Lord Byron
Friday 22nd January saw the official unveiling of Seaham’s latest piece of public art depicting world renowned poet Lord Byron. The unveiling was timed to take place on the 228th anniversary of Lord Byron’s birthday and cements the poet’s link to the town after his marriage to his wife Annabella at Seaham Hall in January 1815. The sculpture sits on land between Byron Place Shopping Centre and Church Street enabling the local community and visitors alike to view the art piece.
Edward Bell, Leader of Seaham Council and Vice Chair of Durham County Council officially unveiled the sculpture at 1pm with invited guests from four local schools; Ropary Walk, St Josephs, St Cuthberts and West Lee Primary School. The pupils got the opportunity to meet the artist David Gross, who has spent over a year and a half hand crafting the wooden sculpture. He was able to answer their questions and tell them the background to the sculpture which features famous lines from a selection of Byron’s poems carved into the base.
Local history enthusiast and retired teacher Carol Hindmarch, was also present and has written an educational booklet on Lord Byron for local schools to use as part of their lessons to learn more about Byron and his links to the town.
The art piece is part of a local heritage project involving Byron Place Shopping Centre in partnership with Seaham Town Council and Seaham Destination group.
John Brady, Centre Manager at Byron Place commented “Byron Place Shopping Centre has been delighted to be involved in this Community project in the heart of Seaham town centre. We think it builds on the towns rich heritage and will be an attraction for visitors to the town and residents alike”.