War horse will pay tribute to fallen soldiers

The sculpture will be another way to honour men who lost their lives in the war..
The sculpture will be another way to honour men who lost their lives in the war..

A 20ft sculpted war horse will stand tall in a memorial wood honouring soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War.

Artist Sue Lipscombe of Cod Steaks will design and craft the majestic horse in recognition of the war heroes and the town’s history.

Coun Graham Isherwood and his wife Margaret, with Roger Parkinson are doing a WW1 memorial project in Featherstone.

Coun Graham Isherwood and his wife Margaret, with Roger Parkinson are doing a WW1 memorial project in Featherstone.

Coun Margaret Isherwood of Featherstone Town Council, which is working with the artist, said: “It is a fitting tribute, especially with horses being connected to Featherstone through farming and mining ponies.

“And a lot of the soldiers that died in the war were connected to the farms and the mines.

“It is going to be really exciting as this will be the only one of its kind in the country. The sculpture will be unique.”

War Horse will be sculpted in steel and clad in woven willow. Wild poppies and French Bleuets will be planted at its feet.

It will be built in the town’s memorial wood, at the edge of Mill Pond Meadow, where local schoolchildren have planted more than 350 trees, one for each fallen Featherstone soldier.

Cod Steaks and the town council will run a series of workshops in schools later this month so children can get involved in the art work.

These will take place on Wednesday, 23 and Thursday, Novemeber 24 at 9.15am until 11.45am and 1pm until 3pm.

Coun Isherwood said: “It has been a very inclusive project so far and that is the way we want to continue it to go.”

In a leaflet about the project, Cod Steaks said: “War Horse will stand as a proud testimony to local heroes whose lives were lost.

“Moreover it will mark a sense of place in the meadow where people are drawn to meet, spend time in reflection or simply to enjoy the artwork and surroundings.”

The art work, entitled ‘War Horse, A Place of Peace to be Together’ is expected to be installed next year.