Theft blow for town's statue
COUNCILLORS are facing a repair bill of nearly £1,000 after thieves stole part of Nailsea's bronze glassblower statue.
Nailsea Town Council staff discovered last week that an upright rest on which the glassblower's rod sits had disappeared.
The statue, which cost £30,000, was created by Barnstaple-based artist Vanessa Marston and was installed at the top of the High Street near the former Glassworks four years ago.
The artwork, which is coated in bronze, was jointly funded by Nailsea Town Council and money from a section 106 planning agreement from the construction of the town's Tesco store.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
The idea to create a bronze of a glassblower came after councillors decided they wanted to use the money to create a permanent reminder of Nailsea's glassmaking history.
Nailsea Town Council is now facing a repair bill of £991 to restore the statue to its former glory.
It is believed the missing rest was stolen and anyone who may have information about the theft is asked to contact police on 101.
The Nailsea Glassworks, which at the time was regarded as one of the most significant glassworks in the UK, was established in 1788 and operated until 1873.
Plans are currently in the pipeline to develop the site, which has now become overgrown and derelict, into a mix of offices and homes.
Councillors are due to discuss the repair bill at a meeting next week.