Official unveiling of new Winkle Island sculpture

Lord Boyce unveils the new Winkle statue. By Tony Coombes Photography

Lord Boyce unveils the new Winkle statue. By Tony Coombes Photography

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THE official unveiling of Winkle Island’s new sculpture attracted hundreds of people.

They watched as a procession of Winkle Club members and cadets were led along Rock-a-Nore from Hastings Fishermen’s Museum to the six-feet tall steel creation on Sunday (April 1).

Speeches were made by Richard Read, Winkle Club chairman, Polo Piatti, who headed up the Big Winkle Appeal, and the Town Crier and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Admiral Lord Boyce, who praised the club for its contributions to the town.

Lord Boyce then uncovered the giant winkle, created by local scuplture Leigh Dyer to replace the old blue one which had suffered vandalism in recent years.

Winkle Club spokesman John Scollay said: “We were impressed with the turn-out. At least 300 people came to watch.” The sculpture took a year to build and was funded by £8,000 raised by the appeal and £5,000 of Mr Dyer’s own money.