FUNDRAISING efforts continue for a new bronze statue modelled after the towns favourite regimental mascot, Sgt Watchman V, as the artist chosen to make the sculpture has released picture of the statue being created.
Watchman V is the mascot of the Staffordshire Regiment and holds freedom of Tamworth. Over the past few months several groups, businesses and residents have been working together to raise £10,000 to build a memorial to the Staffordshire Regiment that will be placed in Tamworth Castle Grounds. So far the group has raised three quarters of the funds needed and is seeking corporate sponsors and public donations to help raise the remaining funds.
Donors have included Bellway Homes, Tamworth Borough Council, Drayton Manor, Taylor Wimpy, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue, the Staffordshire Regimental Association, Tamworth County Councillors members fund, Snowdome and members of the public.
Artist, Johanna Domke-Guyot MA, who is sculpting the statue has released pictures of the statue in development. Saying, “It’s an honour and privilege to have been asked to produce the bronze of Sg Watchman. He’s been a very patient artists model whilst I have measured, sketched and taken photos of him. We are now starting to bring Sgt Watchman to life in clay, capturing his unique personality, before it will then be transformed into the bronze”.
Lee Bates, of Community Together CIC said “The local community has really come together to help support this memorial statue project and through that support and generosity we are now so close to raising the amount needed. This memorial will be very fitting and a forever symbol of the immense gratitude we all have for our armed forces.”
Cllr Robert Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said “This project has gone from strength to strength and I am so proud that Tamworth will get the first public memorial modelled after our Regimental Mascot anywhere in the county. Tamworth is so proud of or regimental links and the sacrifices made by our brave armed forces. ”
The project is organised by Cllr Robert Pritchard and Community Together CIC. Anyone one wanting to support the project can donate via Watchman’s website www.watchmanv.co.uk.