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Appeal launched to repair Solihull landmark statue

THE SOLIHULL News is urging our readers to back a massive public appeal to raise the cash to repair the borough’s most iconic statue.

THE SOLIHULL News is urging our readers to back a massive public appeal to raise the cash to repair the boroughs most iconic statue.

The iconic statue - officially known as the Horse of Tamar - had its tail and front hoof hacked off by despicable metal thieves last month.

Although the piece - one of the few public works of art in Solihull - was insured, the borough has been left with a £15,000 excess insurance bill.

The Leader of Solihull Council, Ken Meeson, kicked off the fundraiser on Wednesday and called for residents to help restore the unique piece of art to its former glory.

Coun Meeson said: We have had approaches from people suggesting that we have a pubic fund to cover the shortfall in this policy excess.

The council has agreed to start this off with a donation of £500.

People have been shocked and dismayed by the senseless vandalism of part of Solihulls history and this is their opportunity to show how munch they care about their heritage.

As readers will know, the statue has been on our front page for many years, chosen because we felt it was a fitting symbol and landmark of Solihull.

Created in 1874 by the Victorian Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, the sculpture depicts a shire horse being led into the sea.

Donations can be made at Connect in Solihull town centre, cash or cheques to SCH in Coppice Walk in Chelmsley Wood or post to PO Box 1761, Solihull B91 9RR.

Clearly mark reverse of cheques with horse fund.

 

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