ROYAL: Diamond Jubilee bust of the Queen coming to Burnley

LIKENESS: Lord Shuttleworth admires the bust of the Queen with artist Peter Hodgkinson (S)
LIKENESS: Lord Shuttleworth admires the bust of the Queen with artist Peter Hodgkinson (S)

A BRONZE sculpture of the Queen, commissioned to mark her Diamond Jubilee, is soon to have pride of place in Burnley.

It is one of 13 made for Lancashire County Council by artist Peter Hodgkinson and being presented to each local authority for future generations as a way of marking the Queen’s 60 years on the throne and her strong links with the county as Duke of Lancaster.

The £4,500 work will initially be displayed in the town hall and may also go on tour before being given a permanent home, probably at Towneley Hall.

Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, unveiled the sculpture at County Hall and regaled his audience with a humorous anecdote about the bust made of him by the National Trust for display in Gawthorpe Hall.

The commission for the £58,500 series of work was given after a competition.

The artist’s previous works include the statue of Sir Tom Finney at Preston North End, and a life-size bronze of L.S. Lowry in Manchester.

He said he tried to capture the Queen’s warmth and dignity using traditional materials and techniques.