The bronze statue signifies the courage and strength of character of the Yorkshire-born superhero who raised more than £30m for the NHS at the start of the Covid outbreak.
A Leeds artistic creator is revealing his life-size statue of Captain Tom to help ‘immortalise’ the NHS hero before it is moved to the birthplace of the Keighley fundraiser. Tony Clark, from Colton, in Leeds, created the sculpture, along with fellow creative and friend Keith Sharratt, in honour of Captain Tom, who raised more than £30m for the NHS in 2020 by walking 100 laps of his garden patio and was knighted by the Queen in July last year.
The life-size creation will be revealed at The Springs retail and leisure destination at Thorpe Park, in Leeds, this Saturday, May 1, before it is ‘potentially’ positioned at the NHS hero’s birthplace in Keighley by Bradford City Council. Mr Clark said he began the process of creating the bronze statue – which has been given the title The Walk of Hope – in April last year following a phone call with friend, Keith Sharratt. The sculpture was handcrafted in Indonesia and cast in bronze before being sent to Leeds in December.
The pair, who were inspired by Sir Captain Tom’s fundraising efforts and strength of character, settled on a pose that they felt best encapsulated Sir Tom’s fundraising efforts. Mr Clark said: “A discussion with my good friend Keith Sharratt inspired me to create a sculpture in memory of Captain Sir Tom which has been widely embraced and will hopefully take permanent residence in his hometown.”
Source: Yorkshire Post
28th April 2021