With proposals for a Mrs Thatcher statue in Parliament Square rejected for fear of vandals, a Harold sculptor has submitted plans for a ready-vandalised version.
Sculptor Digby Burns is perhaps best known locally for his acting, having appeared in an early episode of Midsomer Murders [uncredited, man walking dog by lake] and of course, his career-defining series of TV ads for Dairylea cheese slices in the late 1990s.
Burns says that his larger than life statue will be hewn from a single giant block of Yorkshire coal. “It will feature a South Wales miner, hammering a 6 foot Sheffield steel crucifix through Maggie’s chest, at exactly the spot where a heart might be”. Because Burns wants to make the installation an interactive one, he has priced the work to allow for a year’s supply of eggs, custard pies and crates of school milk.
“I’d thought of making it out of wood” says Burns, reflectively “but just in time I remembered, the lady was not for turning.”