Model of esteemed Mexborough poet Ted Hughes unveiled by trustees

Graham Ibbeson with his sculpture of Ted Hughes pictured at his studio in Barnsley.
Graham Ibbeson with his sculpture of Ted Hughes pictured at his studio in Barnsley.
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A model of late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes has been unveiled - as part of a campaign to build a permanent memorial in his honour.

Barnsley-based sculptor Graham Ibbeson has created a 16-inch maquette of the celebrated writer who spent part of his childhood living in Mexborough.

The model was revealed last week as part of a campaign by the Ted Hughes Heritage Trust to raise £100,000 for a life-size bronze statue of the late writer to be sited in his former hometown.

Graham, 64, said: “The maquette is mainly to instigate debate. It is for people to look at and say I would keep this, or I would change this or that.”

The poet lived in Mexborough from 1938 to 1951. He was Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998. The Ted Hughes Heritage Trust have already sited a plaque in the town, created a heritage trail and launched a festival in his honour earlier this year.

But they hope to go one further by siting an eight-foot high bronze statue and base, potentially somewhere close to Mexborough’s outdoor market. The trust is now looking at organising fundraising events and setting up a website appealing for donations. Meanwhile, Graham hopes to cast his maquette in bronze and sell it at auction to help raise money. Fellow trust member and ex-Doncaster mayor Peter Davies said he was impressed with the likeness of the model.