Iconic UDR Sculpture Nears Completion
The 19ft monument is due to be unveiled in Lisburn city centre later this year.
As revealed in the News Letter earlier this month, the bronze sculpture will capture the image of a male UDR soldier and a female 'Greenfinch' on operational duty.
Internationally-acclaimed sculptor John Sherlock, who was commissioned by the UDR Memorial Trust to create the tribute, returned to Edinburgh this week to oversee work on the artwork.
Revealing that the massive logistical task of moving the sculpture from Scotland to Northern Ireland could begin within weeks, the Whiteabbey man said he was "very pleased" with how work on the monument was progressing.
"At this point I may have to visit Edinburgh once more to supervise the patination," Mr Sherlock said.
As well as applying the final colour coat on the sculpture, the artist revealed minor additions still have to be made on both figures, including finishing the gun barrel and lacing on the flatjacket on the male soldier and the cable from the symbolic handset being held by the Greenfinch.
Mr Sherlock said he remains in close contact with officials from the UDR Memorial Trust regarding the final look of the tribute.
"The final patination is likely to be based on a military sculpture near Fortwilliam in Scotland. They (UDR Memorial Trust] would like the patination on the Lisburn sculpture to be very similar to that one."
The Memorial Trust has confirmed the monument, to be erected in the Co Antrim town where the regiment was formed, will be dedicated to all those who served with the UDR.
Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott, who himself served as a part-time member of the UDR, said the memorial would "provide a focal point for those of us who remember the UDR with fondness, thankfulness and a great sense of pride". …