Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Local Clean-Up Group Relaunch 'Lost' Statue

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Local Clean-Up Group Relaunch 'Lost' Statue

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AN overgrown sculpture has been restored to its former glory thanks to the efforts of locals.

The Fish with Two Heads had an official unveiling at St Peter's Basin in Newcastle.

The unusual statue, created by Byker schoolchildren 25 years ago, is at the entrance of St Peter's, but has become weather-worn and overtaken by nature over the years.

But in the past six months the local community has been out and about sprucing up the area, and the "forgotten" sculpture, to celebrate the 25th anniversary year since St Peter's Marina was opened by Princess Diana.

A group of around 30 residents, calling themselves "Basin Volunteers", have brought new life to The Fish with Two Heads, which is a "merman"-style sculpture featuring the heads of the founder and chairman of the former Hawthorn Leslie engineering works once based in the area.

Over the years, it has been largely forgotten about by many, while other quirky artworks in the area, including a seagull and a cat on a roof, have been catching the eye. …

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