Plan to honour poet with statue

Poets Jack Brown, (l) and Steve Ely are planning to have a plaque placed at the former home of poet Ted Hughes, on Main Street, Mexborough, in honour of him. Picture: Andrew Roe
Poets Jack Brown, (l) and Steve Ely are planning to have a plaque placed at the former home of poet Ted Hughes, on Main Street, Mexborough, in honour of him. Picture: Andrew Roe
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PLANS have been revealed to honour former poet laureate Ted Hughes with a bronze statue, plaque and tourist trail in Mexborough.

The celebrated writer, poet laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998, grew up in the town, and now a committee of his supporters are planning to launch a £100,000 funding appeal for a memorial.

The committee is made up of poets Steve Ely and Jack Brown, artist Ashley Jackson and sculptor Graham Ibbeson, who created the famous statue of late comedian Eric Morecambe. Peter Davies, mayor of Doncaster, has also expressed his support.

Members have suggested the High Street or market area as a potential home for the statue.

Mr Ely, 48, a father-of-two from Upton, who is writing a book about the poet’s early life, said: “There is no major memorial to him in Mexborough so he should be properly honoured. A lot of his early experiences influenced his work in later life.”