Thousands vote for heroes sculpture in Shrewsbury

Thousands of people have so far cast their votes for a new art sculpture in Shrewsbury – delighting council bosses.

Sabrina: The River Severn gets its name from the goddess Sabrina and is said to reflect her moods. Her statue is in the Dingle in Shrewsbury’s Quarry.
Sabrina: The River Severn gets its name from the goddess Sabrina and is said to reflect her moods. Her statue is in the Dingle in Shrewsbury’s Quarry.

More than 15,000 votes have been cast on the Shropshire Star’s website for county heroes who will be immortalised as statues on Shrewsbury’s riverside – and there is still more time for people to vote.

The £5,000 ‘portrait bench’ has been funded by sustainable transport charity Sustrans.

The proposed site for the bench is on the riverside between Severn Terrace and the boxing gym.

The space has recently been improved as part of a Connect2 project and now has wide, shared-use pavements and new crossings to the Raven Meadows bus station.

People will be able to stop and be photographed sitting or standing with the figures.

Shropshire Councillor Simon Jones said it was clear people were passionate about their favourite local heroes.

He said: “I’m delighted so many people are having their say on the idea of a portrait bench.

“The improved walking and cycling routes are already popular and the bench will attract more people to use them.

“It’s clear this vote has got people excited about the characters that make Shrewsbury so special.

Currently leading the female vote is mythical goddess of the River Severn, Sabrina, with more than 60 per cent of the vote.

Meanwhile, its a two-horse race in the male category between Shrewsbury’s town crier Martin Wood and war poet Wilfred Owen.

Henry Harbord, area manager for Sustrans, said: “We aim to involve the community in all our projects and I hope as many people as possible will take this opportunity to vote for the Shrewsbury characters.”

You can also vote at Shrewsbury library, Bayston Hill library and the Lantern, Harlescott.

Library voting will close today at 5pm and the online vote will close on November 22 at noon.

Visit www.travelshropshire.co.uk/bench to find out more.