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Sunday, 8 June 2014

TOMMY at Seaham Harbour

We went over to Seaham Harbour today to check out the improvements to the old dock area. It has been refurbished into a marina and there are some lovely new buildings, housing the rebuilt George Elmy Lifeboat which capsized at the mouth of the harbour after a rescue at sea. All crew were lost and four of the five rescued fishermen died too. There is a cafe, toilets carparks and lots of new stuff.

After this we followed the people over to the seafront where "Tommy" is situated.
Tommy is very big.
And is loved by young and old.
Loved so much that the people of Seaham Harbour (and all those of us who love the place) are trying to buy the statue so that it can remain there permanently. It is extremely moving and very detailed.
The head is modelled using contour sheets and wire thread for the moustache.
The veins are shown on the hands and the weariness mixed with relief shows on his face as the hour reaches 11.01am on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

On a day like this we think... "why don't we live in Seaham Harbour?"...A couple of the houses in the far left of this pic are for sale! We shall return for a closer look.
Cheers for now


Lyn said...

I would love to see it one day and if it remains there you never know I might.

carol said...

Very moving. Clever too. I can understand why you fancy this place - looks very pretty and interesting.

ANN said...

he is lovely well worth a visit
glad he is going to stay would look good on a plinth
Ann Norman Dorothy and Eric