1066 anniversary: New statue put in place

The new 1066 statue is put in place in Battle. Picture by Steve Martin of Tollgates Farmhouse. SUS-161014-102836001
The new 1066 statue is put in place in Battle. Picture by Steve Martin of Tollgates Farmhouse. SUS-161014-102836001

The first part of Battle’s 1066 memorial statue was erected on the roundabout by the town’s fire station last night (Thursday, October 13), ready for the anniversary weekend.

Renowned Kent-based sculptor Guy Portelli’s masterpiece will be officially unveiled on November 11.

The new 1066 statue is put in place in Battle. Picture by Steve Martin of Tollgates Farmhouse. SUS-161014-102846001

The new 1066 statue is put in place in Battle. Picture by Steve Martin of Tollgates Farmhouse. SUS-161014-102846001

The statue will depict a Norman soldier on horseback being attacked by a lone Saxon, an opening scene from the Battle of Hastings.

The statue, which is being crowdfunded to the tune of £41,000, has been dubbed ‘the people’s monument’ by Battle mayor David Furness, who spearheaded the campaign to bring the statue to the town.

Pictures by Steve Martin of Tollgates Farmhouse and Frank Copper.

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The new 1066 statue is put in place in Battle. Picture by Steve Martin of Tollgates Farmhouse. SUS-161014-102825001

The new 1066 statue is put in place in Battle. Picture by Steve Martin of Tollgates Farmhouse. SUS-161014-102825001

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Hastings Week: Battle's 1066 memorial. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-161015-062548001

Hastings Week: Battle's 1066 memorial. Photo by Frank Copper. SUS-161015-062548001

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