Revealed: Trio who will be new Shrewsbury statues

One is the most famous poet of the Great War, another is a larger-than-life town crier, and the third is the mythical goddess of the River Severn.

Now all three will be immortalised as life-sized sculptures in Shrewsbury. Thousands of people cast their votes on the Shropshire Star’s website to pick their favourite Salopians from a shortlist of nine nominees.

Readers were asked to choose one male and one female character from the list.

A third character was chosen by pupils at the town’s primary schools.

Wilfred Owen, arguably the greatest of the First World War poets, topped the male category, receiving more than 51 per cent of the vote.

The writer was born in Oswestry and grew up in Shrewsbury. He was killed in action in 1918.

Sabrina the goddess of the River Severn, topped the female poll with a 61 per cent share of the vote.

Martin Wood, Shrewsbury’s town crier since 1986, was chosen by primary school children in the town and will be the third figure.

He said he was ‘chuffed to bits’ to have been chosen.

Sustainable transport charity Sustrans is funding the £5,000 sculpture, towill be situated on Smithfield Road.

The three local heroes will be cut from sheet steel and placed behind or in front of a simple oak bench.

Simon Jones, Shropshire Council cabinet member with responsibility for transport said: “We’d like to thank everyone who voted and who showed their support for this new piece of public art.

“The vote has certainly got people talking and we hope that all the characters on the shortlist, and their connection with Shrewsbury, will now be better known by people in the town.

“We will be working with the public art team at Sustrans to choose the best images and to position them to make best use of the space and the view.”